Why do I keep bees?
Simple answer, they pollinate my fruit trees I use to make my homemade jams, jellies & marmalades. But I had no idea how I would fall in love with these creatures.
It all started in 2012 when I started making my own homemade jams, jellies & marmalades for using the fruit from our trees in the garden. We have a lot of fruit trees & bushes; a large range of Apples, Crab Apples, Plums, Rhubarb, Gooseberries, Black & Red currants, blackberries, blueberries, damsons, Pears, Chillies, Quince and more. Honey bees pollinate them all (no pollination = no fruit, it’s that simple), so they are pretty important. It took three years until I finally got them. While i waited I spent my spare time reading and learning about bees. Now I have bees, and my spare time is used up exactly the same way. I always have at least one bee book nearby.
This year, 2015, I finally did it! I got my very own honey bee colony, two in fact. I am now a new beekeeper or beekeeper in training. And it is AMAZING! They are wonderful creatures.
Ignoring all the environmental reasons, of which there is a supermarket full of reasons, I keep honeybees because:
Liquid honey is known as nectar from the gods. Eating honey straight from the hive! It doesn’t get much better than that – only fellow beekeepers share that joy and privilege.
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