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Backyard Beehives

Honey bees are great pollinators, so it's no surprise that some gardeners choose to add their own backyard beehives.

Keeping honey bees isn't hard, but it does require some preparation and special equipment. You can usually purchase everything you need, including bees, for two to three hundred dollars. Check the phonebook or try searching online for beekeeping suppliers in your area.

New hives should be established in the spring; use the "down" days of winter to do all of your research and planning. Talk to your county Extension office, or consider enrolling in the annual bee college offered by the University of Florida.

By this time next year, you could be enjoying a well-pollinated garden, and the sweetness of local honey!

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