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  1. #1
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    Default Second Year Beekeeper

    I had only been casually interested in learning to keep bees up until June of last year, when a swarm took up residence in the side of my house. A friend of mine who is a long-time beekeeper helped me cut them out of the wall, and I have been reading books and watching beekeeping videos on YouTube pretty much the whole time since then. We hived them right about at the end of the nectar flow, so I had to feed them through most of the summer. They came out of winter just fine, and I'm looking forward to doing my first split shortly. It might be helpful to mention that I'm near the bottom of zone 1.

    I'm not sure how many colonies I want just yet, but I think I'll wait until it stops being fun to decide on a number.

    Brian.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    Brad
    Welcome. I am thinking your friend is going to be a big help in all this.
    Good luck
    gww
    zone 5b

  3. #3
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    Welcome to Beesource!

    Quote Originally Posted by Username View Post
    It might be helpful to mention that I'm near the bottom of zone 1.
    Well, I'm puzzled - no part of Maryland is in USDA Zone 1. Even the coldest parts of Maine are at least a zone 3.

    USDA Zone Map: http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Welcome to Beesource!



    Well, I'm puzzled - no part of Maryland is in USDA Zone 1. Even the coldest parts of Maine are at least a zone 3.

    USDA Zone Map: http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
    Well, I guess I'm not in zone 1 then. I thought I remembered seeing a chart once that showed me as being in zone 1, but according to the link you posted, I'm in zone 7a.

    Oh well, off to a good start. Wrong on my very first post. I guess I got that out of the way early.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    There are other government zone maps that don't use the USDA Plant zones. Perhaps that is what you recall.

    For instance, the Energy Conservation Code (part of official "building code" rules for structures in many areas) ...
    https://energycode.pnl.gov/EnergyCod...tate=Tennessee

    ... show my county in TN as in zone 4, but my USDA Plant zone is 7A.


    :
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  6. #6
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    Sep 2016
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    Elkton, Maryland, USA
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    I'm a Cecil Countian also. Delaware Beekeepers Association is a great resource. It draws folks from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, as well as Delaware. New Castle group meets monthly at DSP Troop 2 on U.S. 40. If you're in southern Cecil, the Kent meeting in Dover may also be convenient. You'll see some of the same faces. Check out web page or Facebook for calendar.
    Also, Eastern Apicultural Society's conference will be at University of Delaware this summer.
    Welcome.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    There are also wind zone maps. I am in a 2 wind zone.
    gww
    zone 5b

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    Welcome! I am in USPS shipping 2 from you! But it is all good.

  9. #9
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    Welcome Brian!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  10. #10
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    Lamar Co. Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Second Year Beekeeper

    Welcome to Bee Source, no matter which zone you're in--UPS or otherwise!
    "Sometimes the best action, with bees, is no action at all."

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