Last spring my dad and I started with 4 colonies, two at my house, two at his. I've totally enjoyed this past summer of beekeeping. It's a maddening/peaceful endeavor and I love it.
One of my hives has done well. I didn't get any honey this year, but the hive is heading into fall with two deep 10-frame hive boxes full of honey. I'm satisfied. (The other of my hives didn't last to July before the Queen died and the colony had to be combined with my initial hive.) My dad has one successful and and one smallish hive this fall.
I'm excited to get into the forums and learn what I can here. I don't know many other beekeepers in my area (the hot dry and occasionally cold and windy Southwestern US) and much of the information out there on keeping seems to be written from a more hospitable Southeastern perspective.
Are there many of you out there on Beesource.com who live in the Soutwest? I'd be interested to hear from Southern Utah, Nevada, NM, Mojave desert areas of CA, and AZ. Are you out there? How successful have you been?
Glad to have found this forum,