Top ten tips for beekeeping garden hosts
Lots of National Garden Scheme garden owners keep bees, but are bees and garden visitors compatible? Our bee-blogger Colin David says yes, but there are a number of essential rules to follow to ensure that visitors and bees are a happy combination.
Here are Colin’s top 10 basic rules for beekeeping garden hosts:
- Know that your bees are docile. If in doubt any questionable hives can be shut up for the day
- Do not inspect hives 48 hours prior to your garden opening
- No strimming or mowing around your hives 3 days prior to opening
- Hive entrances to face a hedge or fence
- Rope off apiary (4m) and put up advisory signage
- Have a tried and tested swarm control strategy in place
- Advise all visitors of the apiary and insist that anyone with a known bee sting allergy is carrying their Epi-Pen
- Consider setting up an observation hive so that visitors can get a close-up view of the bees without going near the working apiary
- Expect the unexpected
- Have fun!