I'm halfway through the BUMBA beekeeping class and I've decided after much consideration that I'm not going to get bees this year. The closer I got to having to make a decision, the more I realized that I wasn't ready.
- I had a hive to design and build or buy.
- I had a porch to repair and paint (where the hive will go)
- I had new local beekeeping legislation to understand and comply with.
- and all the non-beekeeping prep things that I need to get done this month including our 2012 taxes.
On top of that, my schedule was such that I didn't have time between now and the early-April arrival of my bees in the mail to have everything ready. The clincher was that the main package bee supplier to the club reported that he and most bee suppliers were already sold out for the Spring. If my heart were really into it I would have immediately started scouring the web for other sources of bees. But instead, I just felt a sense of relief.
With that big decision behind me, I'm happy to enjoy the rest of the class, keep reading about beekeeping, and plan to volunteer to help out as many neighborhood beekeepers as I can to get lots of practice before I get my own hive...next year!