In top bar beekeeping, the comb must be handled carefully so it doesn’t break away from the bar.
PHOTO: PHIL CHANDLER
You can build this hive from recycled lumber.
Honeybees are important pollinators. Without them, many fruits and vegetables are less productive (or will not produce a crop at all).
New comb on a top bar.
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.
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.