Yet have you found that as your beekeeping style has evolved, certain artificial enhancements have made the endeavour more easy or enjoyable? Do you think that the practice of keeping bees and making honey will continue to evolve, and will that evolution result in something somehow simpler, or more complex? And in what ways?
How do children seem to take to beekeeping? Are they generally excited but scared of the bees? Can you envision a children's program of looking after bees, or might that be more for the brave adults to try in evening workshops? How many people could contribute to activity of making their own hive, or have you found it mostly a satisfying solitary pursuit?
Leo Sharashkin wrote:Conrad,
I really prefer hives made of natural materials. Yes, today many hives and frames are made of plastic or other synthetic materials. Yes, they work, but has certain properties very different from the way bees are programmed to live (for example, they routinely make holes through their combs, for ventilation and access - see color photos in Keeping Bees with a Smile - but they can't create these pop holes if you use frames with plastic foundation). Eventually, too, the plastic hive equipment ends up in the landfill, whereas a hive made of natural materials such as wood can fully biodegrade. So the hives I make only use materials that can biodegrade (wood, wool insulation) or be recycled (aluminum flashing for hive roof cover).
El Rowlatt wrote:Hiya,
Ah, not to be pushy, but I haven't heard from the publisher. Is there someone I'm supposed to contact first?