A Year in the Apiary
“Wait, wait, wait! That’s not how it happened!”
Okay, okay. The truth is that I had thought vaguely about doing something to improve pollination, but it had more to do with bats and bananas. The idea to become a beekeeper never crossed my mind. In fact, I had decided not to install an owl house because I was afraid that a swarm of killer bees would find it first and set up shop in my yard.
It was a brake-slamming, life-altering moment.
Before I knew it, I was buying books about beekeeping, exploring beekeeping forums, and taking online courses. Within a few months I had my beekeeping license and zoning permit, made some new friends, and had ordered a Flow Hive — but not necessarily in that order.
Then there was all the gear. I bought so much stuff that all the delivery guys know me. But I work in the ecommerce industry and can chalk it up to research — at least that’s my excuse.
A Year in the Apiary is a collection of true-life stories about my first year as a backyard beekeeper. I am not an expert by any means, but I will share what I learn along the way, including the rewards and challenges that are part of a beekeeper’s journey.