Natural BeekeepingAn important element in permaculture design
What is natural beekeeping?• Keeping bees in such a way that we prioritise  the needs of the bee/colony• This means accept...
What does this mean?• the beekeeper should not break open the  nest/hive repeatedly.• It is important for the health of th...
Also….• Allowing the colony to build natural comb  means no recycled wax foundation.• Bees do not naturally build uniform ...
Natural Beekeeping focuses on:•   small scale•   low cost•   low environmental impact•   simplicity
The Kenyan top bar hive
Simplicity
Low cost and easy to build
Inside the hive  You can see the  combs the bees  have built in this  view from  underneath the  hive
Benefits of beekeeping•   Pollination•   Honey•   Interest•   Contributing to bee survival by building strong    colonies
Planting a bee garden
What to plant?            Just some examples:            Buttercups            Clematis            Cosmos            Crocu...
And some more:BlackberriesCantaloupeCucumbersGourdsFruit TreesPeppersPumpkinsRaspberriesSquashStrawberriesWatermelonsWild ...
A problem solved
The situation before bees
Problem• The regulations state that the hive must be  placed 3 metres from the fence if the fence is  less than 2 metres h...
• It wasn’t long before the grass grew up under  the bee hive to a great height and couldn’t be  mown without disturbing t...
Grass
What to do?• We could have lifted the beehive and put a  base down for it to stand on….• We could have come out at night t...
The solution• Put the chooks to work, of course. Extend the  chook run around the bee hive so that it was  now enclosed in...
Resources•   http://www.naturalbeekeeping.org.au/•   http://www.biobees.com/•   http://www.malfroysgold.com.au/•   http://...
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Natural beekeeping

  1. 1. Natural BeekeepingAn important element in permaculture design
  2. 2. What is natural beekeeping?• Keeping bees in such a way that we prioritise the needs of the bee/colony• This means accepting a lower honey yield for the sake of bee health and making the conditions as natural as possible• Bees evolved millions of years ago and have survived successfully without our intervention.
  3. 3. What does this mean?• the beekeeper should not break open the nest/hive repeatedly.• It is important for the health of the bees that they retain nest smell and warmth.
  4. 4. Also….• Allowing the colony to build natural comb means no recycled wax foundation.• Bees do not naturally build uniform sized cells across their combs.• So we do not use frames or foundation that limits the ways bees build comb
  5. 5. Natural Beekeeping focuses on:• small scale• low cost• low environmental impact• simplicity
  6. 6. The Kenyan top bar hive
  7. 7. Simplicity
  8. 8. Low cost and easy to build
  9. 9. Inside the hive You can see the combs the bees have built in this view from underneath the hive
  10. 10. Benefits of beekeeping• Pollination• Honey• Interest• Contributing to bee survival by building strong colonies
  11. 11. Planting a bee garden
  12. 12. What to plant? Just some examples: Buttercups Clematis Cosmos Crocuses Dahlias Echinacea English Ivy Foxglove Geraniums Germander Globe Thistle Hollyhocks Hyacinth
  13. 13. And some more:BlackberriesCantaloupeCucumbersGourdsFruit TreesPeppersPumpkinsRaspberriesSquashStrawberriesWatermelonsWild Garlic
  14. 14. A problem solved
  15. 15. The situation before bees
  16. 16. Problem• The regulations state that the hive must be placed 3 metres from the fence if the fence is less than 2 metres high. We had extended the chook run along the fence and it was 2 metres wide at the time. So we placed the bee hive outside the chook run
  17. 17. • It wasn’t long before the grass grew up under the bee hive to a great height and couldn’t be mown without disturbing them. The grass was causing an increase in humidity in the bee hive which could have been a precursor to disease.
  18. 18. Grass
  19. 19. What to do?• We could have lifted the beehive and put a base down for it to stand on….• We could have come out at night to cut the grass down with scissors….• We could have given up keeping bees….• But what did we do?
  20. 20. The solution• Put the chooks to work, of course. Extend the chook run around the bee hive so that it was now enclosed in the chook run while still being the regulation distance from the fence. Now everyone was happy.
  21. 21. Resources• http://www.naturalbeekeeping.org.au/• http://www.biobees.com/• http://www.malfroysgold.com.au/• http://beenaturalguy.com/observations/natur al-comb/

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