Spring and summer seem far away, but it’s already time to start preparing for hives in your backyards. Winter is a great time for reading and learning about bees, thinking about where in your yard the bees will do best, and preparing your application materials for a hive permit.
Here is a quick winter checklist, including some reading material:
- New hive hosts should call Minneapolis 3-1-1 to request an application packet from Animal Control.
- The application will give specific information about where a hive can be placed in your yard. You can call or e-mail me to assess what location in your yard will be best.
- If you are interested in learning more about honeybee behavior, beekeeping techniques or just want to see some cool pictures, I recommend reading Honeybee Democracy, The Hive & The Honeybee, and The ABC and XYZ of Beekeeping. Some of these books were published more than 100 years ago, which shows how incredibly consistent honeybees are in their behavior!
- Start thinking about all that delicious honey that will be made from the flowers in your backyard and neighborhood. Yum.