Well, as if I wasn't having a hard enough time learning how to grow fruit, I've decided to take on another big hobby that I know absolutely nothing about: BEE KEEPING! The good news here is that I have a new friend I met through work who is an expert bee keeper and has volunteered to guide me through the whole process. I'm also lucky in that there is a major bee keeping supplier located less than an hour away called Kelly Bees. My friend took me up there and helped me to buy everything I need to get started. We picked it all out and had to have it shipped since they didn't have it all in stock (free shipping, though). Well, the photo shows what I received at work last Friday. 2 10-rack, stack hives and all the tools I need, along with a bee suit and all the other components needed for growing bees/honey. The bees themselves will be ready for pickup on May 1. Much to my surprise, the entry cost for my bee-keeping hobby was right about $1,000. That seems like a lot to spend on something I'm not even sure I will enjoy. That includes 2 packs of bees, 2 queens, and all the equipment and related items I'll need. And I could have cut a few corners and saved a little but I wanted to do it right so I went all out.
Anyway, I suspect there are some other bee keepers on here and I look forward to finding out who you are so I can beg for advice on 2 hobbies instead of just one! I'm doing it for the pollination more than the honey, but certainly the honey will be a nice bonus. WIsh me luck!!!