Chomping at the bit for spring? I know I am.
The helpful human named Gary over at Hirschbach Apiary has an interesting and timely article on spring management tips for top bar hives.
The article provides a nice "springboard" for pondering and planning for this exciting time of year.
The Hirschbach Apiary site features lots of good information on top bar hive design, the honeybee life cycle, seasonal management issues, screened bottom boards, ventilation (a highly under-rated challenge in beekeeping), and many other useful details on beekeeping in general and top bar hive beekeeping in particular. The overall approach focuses on sustainable beekeeping methods, with an admirable bias toward elegant simplicity.
The site includes a pithy quote by the wise and wonderful Russell Baker:
"Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."
Right on, Russell Baker! And right on, Hirschbach Apiaries! Check out the site and start whetting your appetite for beekeeping season '08.