From what we have been hearing, keeping bees is not too time consuming but also not perfectly simple. Here in the Northwest sometimes it might be too cold in the spring for the honey bees to go out and pollinate your garden when the first flowers bloom. For this reason, a few gardeners will try Mason Bees, larger solitary living bees who are able to withstand cooler initial temperatures. Unfortunately, these bees don't make honey which is what we are hoping will be able to offset some of the initial cost of setting up the hives.
So this year, I hope to include weekly postings on the bees, so you will be able to see how they do.