Bee in the know
With experts’ tips, it’s the right time to get ready to house your own hive
Longtime beekeeper Ken Ograin wasn’t always an expert on the subject.The rest of the article reveals more details. Clearly not something to rush into, uninformed. Even my friend who offered to pick up the bees for us, suggested we might benefit by planning for it for a year ahead, so we know what to do when the time comes. I think it could be enjoyable, if you are ready for it. It might be better to complete BeeKeeping 101 first.
When he first started the backyard hobby nearly two decades ago, Ograin’s hive died. The same thing happened the next year. And the one after that.
That changed when Ograin shifted away from relying primarily on books to learn about beekeeping and instead found a local source for education and mentoring.
Finding a mentor and continuing to learn as you go are two of the biggest keys to success for someone who wants to raise a thriving bee colony, says Ograin, who is a longtime member of the Lane County Beekeepers Association.
“They need to find a mentor,” Ograin advises. “Preferably somebody that’s a backyard beekeeper.”
It’s almost bee season, when packages of bees are available for those setting up or adding hives. With it comes a flurry of education opportunities to help novice and still-learning beekeepers.
“I’ve been doing it 19 years, and I learn new things all the time,” Ograin says. [...]