April is the month when many new beekeepers begin their journey. As the days warm and people start planting their gardens, other non-beekeepers sometimes begin contemplating “getting a few bees for the garden.” While I love beekeeping and I encourage anyone interested to become a beekeeper, I also know that beekeeping isn’t easy or cheap. It isn’t for everyone. Before jumping into beekeeping simply because you like honey or want some bees to pollinate your garden, I think it is important to consider factors like why you want bees and how much time and money you are willing to invest.
One of the first blogs I wrote when I started the Kentucky Pollinator Blog was titled “To Bee Keep or Not to Bee Keep? That is the question.” Most of what I wrote then is still true today. So instead of writing a new post about the same basic topic, I think this week I am simply going to refer you to the blog I wrote back then. As always, if you have any questions about becoming a beekeeper or attracting native bees to your land, please contact me. I am happy to help and enjoy having those discussions.