Sharing my Garden with 20,000 New Honey Bees

| 7/2/2019 11:54:00 AM

The bees the first day 

When I heard my friend was becoming a beekeeper I quickly volunteered my 2.5 acre mini farm as a spot for the bees. We had just moved there a year ago – and started building a garden of fruits, herbs, flowers and vegetables. I was blessed when he said OK! I knew practically nothing about bees- so needed someone who was educated/experienced. Here is the beginning of our bee adventure.  . .

Preparation on my end wasn’t much. I checked with the town and didn’t need any extra permits or permission from them. I talked to my neighbors and they were thrilled. None lived closer than 500 ft. away – but I wanted everyone on board. Bees are attracted to water and pools – but the closest pool was over ½ a mile away- so not an issue. As a precaution – I asked my doctor for an epi-pen for an emergency sting (did not know if I was allergic). She quickly sent a script to the pharmacy (Note- have them order generic to keep costs way down). I had Benadryl in my medicine cabinet just in case too.  I ordered a beekeeper hat for $10 online – just to have as a precaution.

A little bit about our wonderful “bee guy”. . .  We were all new at this but he was getting trained at a local nursery that specialized in beekeeping. When I asked him “Why bees?” . . . his answer was – “because bees are freaking awesome.” Enough said – he was our guy – and a wealth of information too!

In the spring the new bee boxes arrived filled with Italian honey bees.  First they lived in the traveling box to get acclimated with the land – then a day later they were transported to the new beautiful boxes he created from wood. I have to tell you – it was intimidating having 20,000 new bees on the land. Watching someone walked around in a suit that looks like they are visiting the moon is awesome.  I just stood back and watched him carefully check to see that everything was just right. The buzzing sound of all of them was much louder than ever imaged.

Every day I would go out and visit and see if anything was happening. One box was definitely more Zen than the other.

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