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Ask Martha

Beekeeping is fun and healthy hobby

The vitality of our vegetable and flower gardens depends on the health of this hardworking insect. This environmental and conservational concern sparked my interest in the bee population — and a desire to care for hives of my own.

There is something so romantic about the subject of beekeeping. So many novels and books have been written about bees and their honey, so many folk sayings and homilies have been handed down, and so much environmental concern centers on bees as indispensable pollinators — of course I had to have my own hives, my own bees, my own colonies of these mysterious, somewhat frightening, awe-inspiring benefactors of nature.

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