Keeping Bees: Using the Top-Bar Beekeeping Method

Conventional methods of keeping bees are effective, but top bar beekeeping is simpler, less expensive, gives bees a greater degree of freedom, and still leaves you with honey and pollinated crops.



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In top bar beekeeping, the comb must be handled carefully so it doesn’t break away from the bar.
PHOTO: PHIL CHANDLER
Top-bar hive
You can build this hive from recycled lumber.
PHIL CHANDLER
Honeybee pollination
Honeybees are important pollinators. Without them, many fruits and vegetables are less productive (or will not produce a crop at all).
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Bee pollination on white flowers
We need bees for more than honey and tree fruit crops. Bees also pollinate squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and other crops in our gardens.
ISTOCKPHOTO/JAMES BREY
Wooden top-bar hive
There are many designs for top-bar hives. The one above has an entrance for bees at the end of the hive instead of on the sides.
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Woman Top-bar beekeeping
New comb on a top bar.
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