Hello and thank you to all the members whose useful posts I've been reading for months. In a few weeks my spanking new backyard hives will receive packages and I will join you. I'm starting out with one colony of Italian ( in the green hive) and one carnolian ( in the red hive). Plants have been trimmed, gravel yard base in place, neighbors advised ( they want a share of the honey) and books, videos and forums reviewed yet again.

I'm sure I'll stumble this first year, but with determination, forgiving bees, and the help from all of you...it will be a success....and fun.