Oh my. I attended a workshop last night on harbouring bees. Let me tell you, it seems rather complex! After 4 hours, any prior confidence was totally shattered. My how hard can it be? attitude was humbly transformed into "what have I got myself into?" by the end of class.
I suppose like anything, once you get going, you learn "on the fly". My first task in this journey is to read more - a lot more! I've got PLENTY on my plate this year with my course and the developments to our property, so I'm thinking that next year would be BEE year. I'd like to have more plantings in place to support the bees and that IS going to take some time.
I'm appealing to my readers for advice today - if you've kept bees, could you recommend books for me? Also, I'm particularly interested in holistic/natural disease prevention/management. It would seem to me that there are an awful lot of diseases and pests that affect bees and I'm not thrilled about using the recommended poisons/chemicals to treat.
Hit me with your best tips and resources!