This year I plan to replace my dead hive ( only one so far ). I also would like to raise a few queens, maybe with the Miller method or other non-grafting method. I would also like to go into the winter with two or three nucs. This year I also will try and take better care of my bees, such as better management for swarm control, disease and pest, and honey production.
Considering that it rained all last year, I spent about $300 on five hives & got 5lbs of honey, I am not excited about putting very much money into beekeeping this year. I would like to go see/hear some good beekeeping speakers this year.
With 5 hives wintered over, you will be surprised how much honey 5 hives can make. Especially if you have a good flow.