Apparently crops that have an abundance of pollinators produce 30% more yield. Now that is something I would like in my garden. This year I have seen an abundance of honeybees, bumblebees and Mason bees in my garden, and the amount of squash that is starting to grow is living testament to that fact.
So I think I am having a bit of a pollinator obsession....I keep taking photos of them in my garden:
|Bumblebee on an ice plant|
|Honeybee covered in pollen on a volunteer squash - probably pumpkin|
|Honeybee on a leek bloom|
There are many types of hives, but the most popular type for those that are focusing on honey production is the Langstroth. Top Bar and Warre type hives are considered more "natural" than the Langstroth, but from what I understand it is more difficult to gather the honey. However, with a top bar hive you can gather whole intact honeycomb....and this is what the hubs desires. We have a line on a beekeeping set up that is Langstroth, so we will likely start that way, and then maybe add a top bar the following year. Each hive of honeybees produces anywhere from 60 - 100 lbs. of honey each season!