Beekeeping is becoming more popular all the time. In fact two of my neighbors are beekeepers. Their bees benefit all of our gardens, as the bees visit our flowers, taking the pollen back to their hives to make honey.
There are many websites devoted to beekeeping, so today I’m just going to show you the photos I took while visiting my neighbors. The hives require some work to keep the bees healthy and productive. Water is available nearby and the gardens are kept pesticide free.
My neighbor getting into the hive to check on the progress of the honey production.
I was given this frame full of honey. The perfectly aligned cells and the rich, sweet smell of the honey were just part of the wonderfulness of it all. There is thought that by eating local honey, created by bees who have collected the pollens in your area, you’ll not suffer the common seasonal allergies. It makes perfect sense to me.
Gathering the honey was simpler than anticipated. I used a wooden spatula and slid the fresh, sticky honey into a strainer, letting it strain overnight.
The scraped frame, ready to return to the hive, and a jar of the delicious, fresh honey. This sweet honey from my neighbors hive has a hint of mint from the mint grown in another yard. Honey fact: If kept well sealed in a cool, dry place, honey will not spoil. If it crystallizes, you simply warm the jar in water.