So I’ve spent a lot of the last few months reading beekeeping books – all the ones you’d think plus a few others. I’ve spent a lot of time talking to various local beekeepers as well. There’s an old saying “one Jew, three opinions” – well, let’s just say that my major observation has been that that Jews have nothing on beekeepers ;-). I am now thoroughly versed in the arguments for and against top bar hives and traditional box hives, for and against foundation comb…and etcetera and etcetera and etcetera.
What I haven’t decided is what I actually think about these things, and what I’m actually going to do. I have to decide in the next week or so, and hey, I figure what does one do in a state of information overload, other than ask for more. So I’m curious – what’s your take on the best starter approach for a new beekeeper? If you are giving advice, I’d be glad also to know how long you’ve been doing this, how it has gone and how many hives you have.