With two beekeeping seminars behind me and still a lot to learn, I've decided to just do it--beekeeping! I ordered my bees from Wildflower Ridge Honey Farm in Anderson last week. I will pick them up there on April 24.
Photo of an Italian honeybee from Wikipedia
"How will I get them home?", you ask. Um, I'm not quite sure how that part works yet. But I can tell you that the bee colony is in California right now, pollinating the almond trees there. When they come back to Wildflower Ridge Honey Farm, the colony will be split. A new Italian queen will be added to the split, and the bee colony will become Italian! Volare!
The Italians (bees, that is) are less defensive, very clean, and make good honey supplies. Michelle from Ohio, whom I met at one of the seminars said, "Italians are lovers, not fighters!"
Here is a sneak peek at the "Bee-Ginner's" kit I am ordering. The hive is an English garden style from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Inc.