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  • From: "Tim Inman" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] nafex Digest, Vol 86, Issue 29
  • Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 16:30:13 -0500

Why not become a beekeeper yourself?

I'm starting into my 3d season with my own honeybees. I wish someone had shown me this 'hobby' decades ago. It is the most fun, the honey is delicious, and I just have a ball at it virtually all year long. They are so very very interesting. Always something to learn, a new experience, etc. They are SO gentle - they're not trying to find an excuse to sting. My wife kept her own hive for the first time last year, and she had a great time at it, too. I would just urge everybody with fruit or gardens or a little adventure in their hearts to give it a try.

Right now is the time to start, so if you're on the fence about it, try one hive this year and see if you like it. Videos by Keith Delaplane started me. They really simplify and take you right through the first year. Go for it!

Tim Inman

Nothing's in bloom yet in Massachusetts, but I haven't seen honey bees in years. &nbsp;I have seen lots of bumble bees in various sizes, and I've had good pollination, even of early stuff.

I emcourage vetch and other weeds that flower off-season from my fruit crops, in the hopes that will help keep the bumblebees happy.

-- Ginda

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