Tatyanna from Soquel, CA looking to get started with beekeeping this spring! I am trying to learn as much as I can as fast as I can and not be completely overwhelmed!
I can still order some 'package bees' from my local beekeeping guild:"
"Cost is $80 for three pounds of bees with a mated Italian OR Carniolian queen bee, indicate which you want. Italian will be provided unless Carnies are requested. They will be ready mid to late April."
This is good because it gives me til April to figure out what sort of hives I want and buy (or make?) them! (as well as figure out what to do with them all once they get here...) But, I don't know how many pounds of bees to begin with, and whether I want Italian or Carniolian queens. So that's the first order of business.
Practical Beekeeping by Michael Bush and Beekeeping for Dummies are on my roster; I'd be happy to hear of any other must-reads, and advices...
What would you do if you had it to do over again for the first time? How many/what type of bees/hives would you start with? Where would you get them? How to keep it the simplest possible??
I have a lavender field I'd like to place them near. Also a small orchard and large veggie garden. I want to do right by the bees!! ; )
Thank you all so much