New to this forum and to beekeeping. I've been reading up on beekeeping, attending classes, and watching videos on CD and on Youtube. Put together a Top Bar hive from a kit and installed Italian bees in it 2 weeks ago.

We have 2 acres in Battleground WA, in southwest WA. We have been overseeding lawn with clover and wild flowers, have a small mini-orchard, and fence rows filled with blackberries. This is a rural area but not a lot of big-acreage farming here. Somewhat woodsy.

Still learning. Steep learning curve here. Mostly I want to learn more about the bees, how to keep them and help them flourish, and get some sweet honey along the way.