Last spring, I was in Jamaica with my beloved. We had a delightful time and met some fantastic people. Over our trip, we had recurring chats with one couple from NJ. They were über-cool, and we jived with them. In conversation, they told us how they grew back home and shared impressive pictures of their latest grow.
We were BLOWN AWAY.
Shortly thereafter, MN laws flipped, and we became the 23rd state to AWAKEN.
We contacted our Jamaica friends, who sent us here — to ILGM. And we are damn happy they did!!! We have been THRILLED with the two strains we selected for our inaugural grow, but even more so, we are SMITTEN with this community. The mods and all of you beautiful GROW SIBLINGS provide a community of support, acceptance, and advice that makes this place an indispensable resource.
THANK YOU ALL, ESPECIALLY ROBERT BERGMAN, THANK YOU, MY FRIEND!
@OGIncognito let me tell you, it has been a wonderful journey, and the only regret I have is not doing this sooner. I love it, love the bees, and it’s amazing to look in a hive and see everyone doing something, and the smells! Oh it smells so delightful when you open a hive! It depends on what flowers the bees are working, but overall very pleasant sweet smells.
I swear my bees know me, because they’ll greet me when I sit next to the hive, no idea if that’s what they’re really doing, but the behavior of them has changed from running into me to landing on me. Even out by the school football field, sometimes one will land on me, and that’s a couple of miles away!
Bees are amazing creatures, and it’s a joy working with them. Definitely a great mood booster afterward getting in the hive, and I have more honey than I can shake a stick at now. I absolutely cannot wait to get more.
I wish I had enough honey for everyone here, (same with weed really) because what you purchase in the store, is so bland, watered down, that it’s not even close to the same quality. If anyone turns their nose up at honey, fresh from the hive would probably turn them around!
@MidwestGuy @BobbyDigital had a similar experience with a nest in a car, that he couldn’t get out fast enough.
All I can say is bees really can smell fear. If you’re not in a good place, they sense that. If you become one with the bees, and completely relax, they definitely accept you.
Sometimes they’re grumpy especially after a rainy day when they couldn’t go to work.
I’ve been stung, but it’s not the same as a wasp or yellow jacket. Those bastards are not nice, and are extremely aggressive.
I follow Erika Thompson, and she has the right vibe to handle bees. She’s amazing, but I’m not as pretty to look at, for the views anyways… My better half claims I’m “beekeeping age” a new term I only recently discovered.
One of those things I wish I could work on if I had the opportunity. I’m the kind of person that likes to take on things that I am uncomfortable with. We learn that way and you can’t grow if you don’t.
Oh I agree. The cheekbones, wavy hair, intelligence,… Okay. I’ll stop now. lol.
I had an Uncle that was a beekeeper, but I never learned anything about it.
One thing I will say, i was not as comfortable with the bees the first day. I assure you I was nervous wreck, and I know they knew.
This was all self taught. Sitting in on seminars for 5 hours educating myself about bees, isn’t something that prepares you for live bees in front of you.
If you are in my neck of the woods and want to check out my bees, I would be more than happy to share the experience. I will warn you I wear ZERO PPE. But I’ll have a veil for you at least, because I don’t wear it. No I don’t wear gloves either.
That’s fantastic to hear!! I can only imagine how therapeutic it is. It’s amazing that they recognize you and let their guard down. I haven’t had pure honey from the hive in a super long time and met a guy recently that has several boxes spread out around his farm. Said he would give as much as I could eat….he might regret that