This excerpt from Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees covers summer inspections and potential problems such as nectar scarcity, mites and missing queens.
Top-bar hives have basic as well as optional components. Which ones you use—and how you use them—depends on your beekeeping goals and philosophy.
To best interact with your bees, wear something that’s comfortable while also calming to bees. Here are tips on clothing and other preparation.