Hey there! I live in central Alabama and I'm starting with four 8-frame hives (from NUCs) using small cell Italian bees with each hive starting with two deep brood boxes. I have also built 12 medium supers in optimistic anticipation of my first year. My goal is to expand to eight hives next year.
I've been reading a lot lately from all over suggesting southern beekeepers only need to maintain one deep for their bees to happily make it through the winter. Is this true? If so, it would seem I would be able next spring to take Michael Bush's suggestion to do an "Even Split". This way I wouldn't have to make any more deeps and just use mediums for honey supers from that point on. So my question is this. If you raise bees in the South, do you have any suggestions for this beginner trying to plan for next year?