By Ashley English
You've heard the siren song of the honeybees: they're fascinating to observe, are crucial in the population of over one third of the foods we enjoy, and produce honey, beeswax, and more. Prompted by a desire to ramp up production of her vegetable garden, Ashley English is now captivated by the "winged beauties." With a friendly, I'm-right-by-your-side approach, she shares her own apiary journey and describes all of the steps necessary to safely keep your own hive. Ashley examines what you need to know in advance of purchasing your first package of bees; hive hierarchy; hive housing, location, and feeding requirements; obtaining an installing honeybees; and how to extract honey.