Category: Getting Started

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Beekeeping Equipment

Should I Paint My Beehive?
(Do It!)

Painting your hives has the primary benefit of protecting your equipment from the elements and extending their useful life. There are other reasons you might want to paint them.

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General Beekeeping

The 10 Best Beekeeping Books

Educating yourself is one of the important steps in beginning beekeeping. These are books we own and use. All of them are written by noted experts in the field.

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General Beekeeping

13 Mistakes New Beekeepers Make

Beekeepers at all levels of experience make mistakes. As a newbie though you’ll probably be more prone to some of them. Here’s a list to help you avoid some of them (including our own foul-ups).

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About Us

Melanie and Jim

I’m Melanie Howard. My husband, Jim, and I want to share with you everything we’ve learned about beekeeping since we were newbies 6 years ago. Maybe the the ups and downs we’ve experienced can help you along the way.

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