Can you start beekeeping in winter?
If you’re thinking about taking up beekeeping as a hobby, you might think that Spring is the best time to begin. After all, that’s when flowers start blooming, right?
The best time to start is deep, dark winter.
Here are a few reasons why:
- There’s a lot to learn! Whether you’re by the fire with a beekeeping book or on the couch with your smartphone, long winter evenings are the perfect time to educate yourself.
- You can ask for a bee suit for Christmas.
- Wooden beehives need to be painted to keep out the weather. Get it done now so the fumes will be long gone when you introduce your bees in the spring.
- You can make a checklist so you are sure to have everything you need before you begin.
- You’ll have time to watch some YouTube videos of hive installation to get a feel for what it’s like to pour two or three pounds of live bees into a hive.
- To get maximum beekeeping knowledge into your noggin, consider taking a class. The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program offers a wealth of resources.
- Keep an eye on GloryBee’s News and Events page to find out the details of our annual Bee Weekend, scheduled for April 24-25, 2020.
When Spring rolls around, you will be super educated and ready to welcome your bees.