It's Unbee-lievable!

Bad bee puns, sorry honey.

I'll stop, I'll promise. So I've been getting pretty excited about my hive of bees, but every time I tell anyone about it I get these horrified looks because I'm sure everyone I talk to is pretty much only picturing the Macaulay Culkin death scene in "My Girl"

But let me tell you how awesome it is going to be to have my little friends around:

Honey: Honey is sweet and delicious; we can almost all agree on that. But store-bought honey can be expensive and doesn’t even include bee pollen, which legitimizes the honey’s source. When you collect your bees’ honey, you’re saving money and you know exactly what ingredients it holds.

Pollination: Flowers, fruit trees and crops in your neighborhood won’t grow without bee pollination, so help your street blossom by providing a full supply of natural pollinators.

Homemade Gifts: A jar of fresh, local, organic honey can’t bee beat as a great gift to your family members and friends.

Inexpensive Hobby: Once you’ve spent the initial, fairly inexpensive investment on beekeeping materials and protective clothing, like any other hobby, all that’s needed is your time.

Connection with Nature: Make that farm-to-table connection with nature by observing how your food is grown.

Help Stop Colony Collapse Disorder: Honeybees and other pollinators pollinate one-third of food we consume, but colony collapse disorder is causing a large number of honeybees to disappear. Help Mother Nature out by acting as a “safe house” for bees by providing a pesticide- and herbicide-free landscape for bees to pollinate.

Relaxing: The lull of a buzzing swarm of bees can be relaxing, just like sleeping with white noise or with a blowing fan. Watching the dance of your bees flying in and out of their hive can be meditative.

Beeswax: Beeswax is a free byproduct of hives. It can be heated and mixed with fragrant oils when making candles, made into lip balm and coated over cheese for protection.

Health: Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties; manuka honey contains the antibacterial methylglyoxal and the acidity in honey keeps bacteria from growing. Lower-glycemic honeys, such as locust and box honey, slowly release carbohydrates into your system, allowing you to sweeten food or drinks without immediately raising your blood sugar, which often results in a “sugar crash.”

Unfortunately, the honey bee is slowly dying out. The short version: beginning nearly a decade ago, honeybees started dying off at unusually and mysteriously high rates—this past winter, nearly one-third of U.S. honeybee colonies died or disappeared. 

If you're too scared of bees (like my cowboy) to actually deal with them hands on, you can always stock your garden with flowers that will help combat extinction!

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