How To Start Beekeeping

man covered in beesPhillip’s trying to turn me into a beekeeper. An email I received from him, which I think is applicable for anyone wanting to start beekeeping [in New Brunswick]:

If you ever wanted to set up a standard hive in your backyard, here’s the simplest way of doing if you ordered from these guys:

Nuc box: $135.
Starter kit with extra brood box: $255.75.
Medium honey super (or box) on the off chance you can harvest honey the first year: $17.00.
10 medium frames (without foundation) for the honey super: $14.

You could get 10 all-in-one plastic medium frames for the honey super for $28.50, but foundationless frames would be more fun for the kids. They’d be able to cut the honey comb right off the frames and eat it.

You’d have to get gloves, veil and hats for everyone, but you might be better off ordering from Beemaid:

because even with shipping, you’d probably get a better deal on the clothes.

In the end, it would cost about $400 for everything you might possibly need in the first year. Man, that’s cheap.

However, if you know anyone who knows how to build things with wood, something like this would be really cool:

I’ve seen better and simpler designs online, but this gives you an idea of what a top bar hive is like. The sliding door allows you to observe the hive without bothering the bees. I’ve seen other designs that have a flap door on the side that opens up with plexiglass behind it. A top bar hive, especially with an observation door, is more kid-friendly. You can practically inspect the hive without ever pulling out the frames. But when you do inspect them, you don’t have to lift the entire roof off the hive and expose all the bees to the air like with a conventional hive. It’s easy for you and easier on the bees. The tricky part is getting a nuc package with frames that will fit in a top bar hive.

Anyway. Just a thought.



I Finished My Taxes

Hey, it’s Phillip here. I’m writing this post through an email. What I’m writing will show up on the illustrious Steel White Table in about 30 minutes from my pressing the SEND button (at 5:25pm in Newfoundland). Great. So…

I finished my income tax return today. I would rather work entirely under the table and not give the government any of my money (yeah, I had to pay in) if it meant I didn’t have to read through any more income tax forms. It’s like those Choose Your Own Adventure books, except it’s dehumanizing and there’s nothing adventurous about it.

I know someone who works for Canada Revenue as an auditor. He loves his job. He acts like he’s Columbo or something, but I’m secretly annoyed by everything he says.

That’s all I can think of. Pressing SEND now…

To You Facebook Users

This entry is coming from Steel White Table (SWT), the website Phillip and I (mostly Phillip) maintain.

Facebook automatically posts new SWT content – I rarely login to Facebook, and I never manually post content to Facebook.
So if you’re commenting on my Facebook content here (if you’re reading this in Facebook) I’m likely never going to read it.

So No: I did not go to Cuba. That was Philllip.

And No: I am not a bee keeper. That was Phillip.

Facebook sucks! Visit Steel White Table for all your entertainment needs!

This has been a public service announcement.

Postscript from Phillip (not Jody): Jody is one of my Facebook friends, but I block his news feed because the only things that show up from him are posts from Steel White Table, which I already know about. So if you leave any comments (to me) through his Facebook account, chances are I’m not going to notice them or respond to them. If you want to leave a comment, do it here, not on Jody’s Facebook account. I’m not much in love with Facebook either, but, meh, I can tolerate it.