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Save the bees, raise your own

Written by Doug Oster on .

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In March I'll be working with Burgh Bees to install a honeybee hive in my vegetable garden. I don't want the honey, I want the pollinators. Honey bees aren't concerned with us unless we threaten them, we can easily co-exist in the same space with precautions.

I've always wanted bees, and many gardeners are starting to see the impact of lower numbers of the insect by low pollination of vine crops and other vegetables. I'll be following the process here through articles, pictures and videos.

If you're interested in beekeeping there's a great workshop being held by the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County on Saturday November 6 and 13th from 8am until 12:30pm. They are teaching in consort with Burgh Bees.

It will be held at the Penn State Extension Office located at 400 North Lexington Avenue in Pittsburgh. This classroom-based course offers beginning beekeepers an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping, including an overview of the basic equipment necessary for successful beekeeping. The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year.

To make reservations or for more information contact Mike Masiuk at Penn State Extension of Allegheny County at 412-473-2540.

If you every thought about beekeeping, this is a great time to learn the practice. You'll be helping your garden and everyone around you too.

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