A heart for honeybees.
Falk's ultimate tips for helping the bees.
|1. Avoid cutting the grass short like in a traditional English garden: bees feed on nectar and pollen. In short lawns, there's nothing for them to feed on and nowhere for them to make their nest.|
|2. Sow wild flowers: (local) wild flowers can be planted in the garden or flower pots on a balcony can be turned into a bee meadow which serves as a source of food for insects.|
|3. Buy or build a bee hotel for the garden or balcony: this is also good for the wild bees which, just like honey bees, are also endangered.|
|4. Buy honey from your local region: in doing so, you'll be supporting both local beekeepers and a species-rich natural environment.|
|5. Become a (hobby)beekeeper yourself: take part in a training course for newcomers at your local beekeepers' association. Getting to know an experienced beekeeper to show you the ropes and teach you the theoretical side of things is also crucial at the beginning. It's especially useful to have an expert by your side when you start putting the theory into practice.|
The art of beekeeping with the help of a Vito 4x4.
No bees, no pollination, no plants: bees are absolutely crucial in ensuring our ecosystem remains intact. Since he was 12, Falk Meyer has devoted his spare time to honeybees. Alongside his full-time day job as a banker, he uses his hobby to come down from the stress of the daily grind. For his beekeeping work, the Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 is the perfect companion: its high ground clearance and all-wheel-drive system can tackle any forest path or mud track with ease. The large loading capacity of the van is ideal for safely transporting frames, colonies of bees and buckets of honey.
A banker during the week, a beekeeper at weekends.
The Imkerei Meyer apiary stands for home-made honey from happy bees.
A passion which pays.
"It gives you such a good feeling every time you collect your own honey. When the centrifuging room smells like honey and you try the honey for the first time, it's a phenomenal moment."
The gold standard in beekeeping.
Home-made honey with the help of the Vito.
|For bees, the year is very varied and follows the rhythm of the bees themselves. Falk's Mercedes-Benz Vito is on-hand to help with any work that's required.|
|· The bees are mostly left in peace at the start of the year. From February, they are only checked to see if they have enough to feed on. "If I have to drive out to my bees through the fields or forest, the all-wheel drive of the Vito is an absolute necessity."|
|· "The bee season starts in April and with it a whole lot of work." To ensure that the bees have enough space for stocking their honey, honey rooms are added onto the hives.|
|· From April onwards, it's also the right time for bees to tour around the rapeseed or the fruit blossom. "The bees need to be kept cool during transport. The windows in the load compartment of the Vito enable good air circulation."|
|· From May, the swarm check ensures that the bees aren't swarming out uncontrollably. As that would mean that around half of the colony would look for a new hive.|
|· The crowning glory of the work is when the honey is collected from June onwards. "The Vito has a long wheelbase and so I can load even more which is useful when fetching back the bee populations."|
|· When the lime trees are in blossom, honey collecting stops. Now the bees are treated against the varroa mite. After treatment, the bees feed more so as to ready themselves for winter. And then the vast majority of the work is complete.|
|· Falk sums up: "The load compartment of the Vito offers plenty of stowage space. The uncomplicated technology and the all-wheel drive also mean that it's a great vehicle for using on a daily basis."|
For Falk, the Vito is ideal for transporting his beehives, frames, honey buckets and other equipment safely to its destination.
Handled with care.
Honey directly from an apiary which keeps the bees in accordance with nature.
Depending on the location and the flowers blossoming there, the honey tastes different each year.
Falk's bees have already diligently started producing honey which will soon be able to be collected.