I started my first hive about 8 weeks ago -- actually, the woman who sold it to me had it up and running for about 6 weeks before that to make certain the queen was productive. I got the beehive as part of my gardening hobby.
It's been a quiet project until last weekend, when the hive suddenly split. More about that learning experience in the proper thread.
Anyway, I'm Greg, and I would be really happy to meet some hobby beekeepers nearby.