Hi from McMinnville, Oregon. I'm just starting, my brother gave me several uninhabitated hives and most ofthe equipment I'll need. 2 years ago I cut
down a tree on a very cold Feb. day and the hive that I didn't know was
inside didn't survive. I'd like to do my part to make up for their loss. We have
vineyards and farms around us, and I know their presence is needed.
Welcome! A year ago I was just getting started myself, so that memory is fresh with me.
If your name implies what I think it does, your bees are going to be very happy indeed. I assume apples and cherries? Best of luck. Do you have bees ordered?
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welcome and good luck. You will probably need some advice now and then and you found the right place to get it. Haven't seen a question ask on this site yet that didn't get an answer of somekind. Again, good luck, Jack
Hi again from Oregon. Yes we have apple trees and the area is named after
the orchards of plums and Walnuts, which are mostly gone. I haven't
ordered any bees yet. Do you have a favorite type. Dean
They all have their own strengths and weaknesses, which are really only tendencies that vary in degree even within the types. I would recommend you find a local beek who can tell you what works well in your area. Most beeks learn pretty quickly that we all live in "micro-climates", which means that bloom dates and nectar flows will vary greatly, even within a few miles. But someone from your area who has kept bees for several years should be able to give you the best advice. I think Beekeeping for Dummies has a breakdown on the most popular "breeds". If I can find the info, I will drop it to you. Again, welcome to the site. And for the record, I have Italians.