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Posted: Monday 29 March, 2010

by Rosemary at 1:15pm in Bees No comments Add your own

Well, that's the theory part of the beekeeping course done. I'm planning to read over my notes again this week and order my bee suit. Our first apiary visit is on 18th April and the second on 2nd May - I'm going to feel like a right pretender in the bee suit! I think I'll scrunch it up beforehand so it doesn't look TOO new.

We get our equipment on 6th April at the next Association meeting, which is a talk from the Bee Inspectorate.

I drew a circle on the map of the area around our new house with a mile radius, to get some idea of the area our bees will cover. It includes a fair part of Buddon Ness but not as much as I expected. Once we move up, we'll do a little survey to see what trees and plants are around that might suit our bees.

In spring, willow, dandelion and crocus are important pollen sources, so we'll try to plant more willow and crocus around the holding. Given our gardening skill, dandelion will take care of itself. We haven't decided where to put the hives yet, but I'm sure we can find somewhere suitable.

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