When you not only own your own home, but also the land it is on, you have space to truly relax, enjoy, and call yours. Having things to do in your yard becomes a way to truly appreciate your space though. Most homeowners at least go about some minimum landscaping to make the area presentable, and some households have at least one person that does some gardening. However, if you really want to do something unique, then an activity like beginners beekeeping can prove a rewarding activity at home.
While it is true that there are professional beekeepers that try and keep viable and productive populations of bees around for commercial and scientific uses, you have likely heard that bee populations across the continent have declined considerably in recent years. Estimates put the decimation at approximately 40 percent to perhaps even half the total numbers in decline. Theories abound as to the cause, be it pesticides or something else, but it is fact that losing a group of pollinating species could devastate the agricultural economy and many food crops humanity relies on for eating.
That’s why many homes have already started doing beginners beekeeping as a hobby. In actuality, it is more than a hobby, but a way of helping out mother nature, the environment, and the Earth. Every residence that starts up beekeeping provides yet another safe space for a colony or two of bees to take up residence. That helps buffer the numbers of the various species, as well as provide pollination for plants around your home and neighborhood.
Some households scoff at the thought of deliberately having bees on their land, and your neighbors might even not be too thrilled about it. However, proper beekeeping can be done in such a way that no one ever gets stung, much less irritated by bees. At the same time, this activity can be a wonderful opportunity for households with children to teach the kids about coexisting with nature, the importance of preservation, and of course just about plants and bees and how things in nature work together.
Should you garden at all on your land, then taking deliberate management and ownership of non-plant life gives you the power to really make something magical happen within your yard. You might be able to ward off pests with the right preventative methods, invite in birds and butterflies, and then add it all up with a bee colony that helps your flowers and foods get pollinated. Your neighbors’ flower beds and vegetable gardens are likely to benefit tremendously from your efforts, if done right, which is something you should point out when they stress over getting stung.
Getting a beginners beekeeping kit is as easy as looking online or visiting your home and garden store, although it is good to study up on it as much as you can before starting. Look especially for any local knowledge on what seasons are good to start. If you prove successful at it, you might even open up a hobby income where you help gardeners and farmers pollinate crops!