I'm a new to beekeeping in my Denver backyard. My husband built a golden mean, cedar top bar hive & we installed our package in late Apr '11. They've filled the hive with comb, honey & babies and are now hunkered down for the winter. We anticipate doing our 1st honey harvet in the spring.
I researched this project (classes, clubs, books & word of mouth) for a year before I took the plunge. Once I found out about top bar hives...there was no looking back! Can't tell you how pleased I've been with my new found hobby! Two friends are seriously considering doing the same. My bees couldn't be happier & healthier! My yard (flowers & veggies) flourished with the increased bee visitations! Organic and natural is my new mission...TRINA