For Jaime Cool and her family, an off the grid homestead of livestock, produce and bees takes a lot of work. But “it’s a good life not many people get to experience.”
This excerpt from Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees covers summer inspections and potential problems such as nectar scarcity, mites and missing queens.
Bee hunting, finding and following wild honeybees, is a mix of excitement and mindful meditation that provides valuable insight into the lives of bees.
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.