I am a brand spanking new beekeeper as of May 11, 2013. Actually, it started well before the bees arrived. Back in January I took a 3 day class from our local beekeeping association. Something I recommend to ANY new beekeeper since the people in these organizations are passionate about bees, and LOVE sharing information and helping newcomers like myself.
I quickly learned that beekeeping is not a hobby that you just dip your feet into. It’s a commitment, from the time you order your first package or nuc.
· A commitment of time and money to purchase, assemble and maintain equipment;
· A commitment of time to educate yourself and learn as much as possible so you can understand and mitigate potential problems;
· A commitment to dedicate and prepare a section of your yard for the hives; and
· A commitment to care for and watch over your new residents.
As part of this commitment, I am journaling my beekeeping experiences. Boo Bee Honey is my bee journal. It’s a way for me to keep record of the bees’ activity and my activity, a way to document all the great stuff I’m gonna learn, and a way to simultaneously share all of this great information with the beekeeping community.
How did I come up with the name “Boo Bee Honey”? Well, it originated from a birthday card that my husband picked out for me. The front said “open the card to see two boobees” (which of course my husband did). The inside showed a picture of two bees saying “boo” to each other. What can I say – we like simple humor. I had no idea then that I’d become a beekeeper, but that stupid card stuck in our heads, and so our bees have become affectionately known as our “Boo Bees”.
I hope you’ll join us on our journey, and whether you’re new like me or have been doing this for years, please share your bee wisdom and experiences with us. Because the best way to learn is from others who have learned before us!
Paula (aka, SimplP)