Honey is great, but there’s more!
You might think of beekeeping as being all about honey, but it’s a whole lot more than that. Bees produce honey, sure, but along the way they create several other products that are useful to us humans. Propolis, beeswax and royal jelly are just some of the marketable substances beekeepers can harvest from their hives.
A bee or not a bee?
If you’re a new beekeeper, or you’re simply interested in the insects that populate your garden, it’s good to be able to differentiate between the honey bees you’re caring for, other harmless species of bee and fly, and potential threats like wasps.
More than just a hobby
Many Kiwi beekeepers start out as hobbyists, with one or two hives in a back garden or on a rural property, then make the jump to selling honey and beekeeping full time.
Rising costs, increasing numbers, and high demand
Issues facing New Zealand beekeepers
New research, new hope in the fight against AFB
Larvae rotting in their cells, decimated bee population, and – worst of all – having to burn your beehive to the ground. No wonder beekeepers dread American Foulbrood Disease.
Protect bees, prevent stings – how to keep wasps out of your garden
Whether you’re a gardener, a beekeeper, or just love the outdoors, wasps in the garden are less than ideal. Painful stings are the most obvious downside, but wasps can also pose a significant threat to bees and hives.
About American Foulbrood Disease (AFB)
American foulbrood disease (AFB) is a disease of honey bee larvae and pupae caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae.
How to get kids involved in beekeeping
Kids and beekeeping may not seem like natural partners. After all, beekeeping involves being patient, methodical and calm...
Common beekeeping mistakes
New beekeepers face a steep learning curve. Beekeeping is part science, part art, and it can take some time to get your head around the process.