The other day I went to help my friend John look at a commercial listing in Waukesha County Real Estate and Delafield Wisconsin Real Estate and the Seller and I got to talking about farming, life, and I mentioned to him that I was into bee keeping. He replied to me " Tom Braatz, I think it is amazing how people really do not understand the important of Bees." He was absolutely right. People tend to put bees in one large class of their own, and think that if they all fly, they sting, and they will be nasty. Not true. This Waukesha County Real Estate Broker knows home values Delafield Wisconsin and knows Delafield Wisconsin homes but he also knows alot about bee keeping as well.
After an incident in 2005 that I wound up getting completely septic , and relying on a ventilator to breath for me, I woke up out of that mess and thought about what great hobbies I could get into to help bounce back. I did what anyone would do, I got into beekeeping, and somewhat by accident. For the record I really do not know what good wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and these guys suit a purpose for. Yes, they are annoying. To me they are right up there with mosquitoes ( or as I would refer to them "Dracula's niece's". I do like bumble bees and such, but honey bees are in a class and world of there own.
I decided that since I had the farm I would get into the bees because I had done my research on them. They would be great to pollinate everything in sight, they would produce honey, puprous and wax, and overall it would be kind of cool. I showed up to help the man I learned from wearing my Hawaiian shirt. Clearly, I did not do enough research. Bees can identify bright objects and flowers. I might add, they took to me immediately. This guy was brilliant, and a excellent teacher. I really admired his passion for what he did. I also loved his honey roasted popcorn as well. Upon learning to wear all white clothes it got easier. I learned hoe to maintain the supers, keep the mites out of the colony, pull the honey, extract it, take care of the workers, the drones, and the Queen. That Queen had it made; she had 1000's of Bees that wanted nothing more than to keep her happy. This was something, and is something that anyone can do. If you lived in an apartment and had a balcony you could have a colony of only a couple racks and supers. It really is something how the bees just wanted to go about their daily events, and they left me alone. A bee will travel up to 7-10 miles to find a field, the trees, the plants they want and need. It is fascinating.
Getting back to my original conversation. Sometimes we look at the Eco system, the plants, and we tend to think that everything is self sufficient. Not true. If you ever wonder how all those fields look so wonderful, or the carpets of natural flowering ever become so spectacular, it wasn't because a group of botanists got together and decided to fertilize the earth at given times. They got a lot of help from Mother Nature. Bees are absolutely fascinating, and they can be a wonderful and peaceful hobby. The cost are not that great, and common sense is the key. They can maintain themselves all winter with a little help. You do not have to go out to the country and be in the middle of a farmers field to put your colony or colonies.
You could put a very small project in your flower bed, and get some much needed help with your yard. They will keep certain animals away just do to the fact that nothing likes to be tormented. Please take a look around you and look at the splendor that is in your focus. I must go out and work on my real Estate pollination now
Have a productive day and I will see you at closing!
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