Saturday, October 10, 2009


Today I spent all my bee researching time messing around on Etsy looking at all the neat handmade bee related stuff there. So, didn't learn much, but definitely wishing I had some artistic talent! Here's one of my favorite paintings I found on Etsy by Emily Martin.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I am beginning a blog about my beginning beekeeping. I'm not sure what I'm doing yet, but I figure I'd start writing about it. From what I've read, the best time to start a new hive is in spring, so I've still got some time to plan. Currently, I'm reading books, researching a grant and talking to the local beekeeping association about a class. The class doesn't start until February, so I would really like to be more prepared by then. The contact for the class, given to me by the Clemson extension, is not very reliable about getting back to me when I ask questions. So, in the mean time, I'm going to keep reading and go to the State Fair next week where I hear there is a bee display.

My main questions are the basics. How do you build a hive? How do you extract honey? How do you keep from being stung? What happens if I abandon my hive? How much will this all cost? I'm beginning to get an idea, but I still need lots more research.