On beekeeping

Voikukka - Löwenzahn - Dandelion
Voikukka – Löwenzahn – Dandelion

Lammun Lumo produces high quality organic honey and other beeproducts. By our activities we promote a ecological way of life and nature conservation. Our bees are collecting nectar from many wild flowers of the forests and meadows. The main honey flow comes from wild raspberry and fireweed. The surrounding meadows are grazed by sheep and their offspring and contribute to the landscape conservation by grazing. No artificial fertilizers are applied to our fields.

The bees

Mehiläisiä - Bienen - Bees
Mehiläisiä – Bienen – Bees

We keep bees of the Italian breed Apis mellifera ligustica. This breed is considered to be a good honey producer and is currently the most popular hive bee in Finland.

Bees live in communities of several tens of thousands of individuals. The number of bees depends on factors such as the time of year and the environment, and is usually between 10 000 and 80 000. Each colony has one laying female, called the queen. Her unfertilised eggs develop into male drones, which may number a few hundred, to continue the colony. However, the majority of bees are female, non-reproducing worker bees. The workers manage all tasks inside and outside the beehive, e.g. collecting nectar, water and pollen or tidying up the honeycombs or nourishing the larvae. While collecting nectar, they pollinate flowers and useful plants in the environment. This also increases the crop yield as a by-product of honey.

Pollination is therefore, depending on your point of view, either the main thing or a by-product. Lammun Lumo also offers pollination services to organic farmers.