We are now into our second series of beekeeping classes and I’m feeling a bit like an over informed new parent. All the information is a bit overwhelming. Yes, I know knowledge is power and all that good stuff, but sometimes ignorance is bliss.
There are so many things that could go wrong, so many decisions to make. Decisions like, to treat or not to treat, to feed or not to feed, where is the best place to put the hive, one hive or two, what’s the best configuration for the hive, the list goes on and on. We could ask all these questions and we have, but beekeeping practices seem to be open to personal preferences, opinions and beliefs. All these varying opinions only lead to more uncertainty on my part.
We have talked to several people that have jumped blindly into beekeeping and they seem to do just fine. They hit a few bumps in the road and just shrug it off as a learning curve. I feel like our first bump is going to be an emotional catastrophe. We educated ourselves, planned and prepared as best as we could for over a year, so nothing can possibly go wrong…. right? Wrong, we are dealing with living creatures here. I am not naive and I know that a lot of things will go wrong. When those things do go wrong I hope I will be strong enough and informed enough to handle them in the best way possible.
Until May comes around I’m just going to be a nervous expectant parent waiting for her thousands of babies to arrive.