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Learning What We Can About Homestead Beekeeping

I have become fascinated with the new project on our spring horizon. I don't think I've looked forward to something along these lines so much since we started searching for a homestead a few years back. I'm talking bees. Carniolans, and at the end of April. Two 3 lbs packages. In our two new hives. Woot! Now, I'm just as nervous about beginning our homestead beekeeping expansion as I am excited. The reason is I have yet to actually do it for myself. I've handled bees before as a guest in other bee yards, but this will be our my first time doing it for myself. Wendie is excited to a degree as well with the prospect of honey and some wax for candles coming in, but for me it's not all about the honey. It's about starting something new that I hope will continue on for years.
Bees had always been a sort of bucket list item for me, even before Wendie and I met. I toyed with the idea of being a beekeeper in the old urban homestead backyard, but didn't have the …

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