Oooh... We are getting so excited to welcome the newest arrivals to our home - or all 10,000 new arrivals, give or take a few. Bees are such an integral part of everyday life, I mean really, where would we be without them, and in our effort to take a step closer to where our food comes from, bees seemed like a natural addition - both for the production of honey, and the pollination of all the fruits and veggies we're putting in the ground. And even better, bees are freakin cool. I mean they have a job to do and they don't mess around, they each know their own task, and the whole system functions as a well oiled machine. It seems like us humans are a few steps behind the society of the bees.
This past weekend, two helpers made a special trip with Papa to Better Bee to pick up our new hive (and of course some new chapstick, soap, and honey sticks). With the hive mostly assembled, we're now trying to decide whether to stain or paint the hive. We've found some pretty funky painted hives, but the wood is just so pretty and traditional? Hmm.. Any thoughts?
Or better yet, any recommendations on a really good bee book?