Beekeeping reality: Why does it depend?
Why indeed? In last week’s post about tossing and turning, I mentioned the beekeeper who said he never wanted to hear the words “it depends” ever again. He wanted concrete answers, a recipe for keeping bees. Yet we all know that’s never going to happen.
Today I received the following note from another new beekeeper, Scott Irving. In it, Scott provides a well-reasoned explanation of why it will always depend. It is well worth a read.
Scott is absolutely right. And even as I was reading his list, I thought of others, such as:
- hive type
- feed type
- water availability and quality
- air pollution levels and types
- ambient noise
But the specifics don’t matter as much as the concept. Different people with different training in different environments are never going to get identical outcomes, so what works well for one might fail for another. That is why I like to emphasize bee (and mite) biology. Once you can “read the colony,” you will be able to figure out the answers for yourself. Every single colony is different, which is why recipes don’t work.
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