Late this past May, I invested in another beehive with a friend, and placed it on my Mother’s property nearby. Together between the two of us, we now have a total of five beehives. We are quickly learning that there is safety in numbers! Having more than one hive allows us to borrow from the others, re-queen easier in an emergency, and combine weak hives that would not survive in the winter. We can also borrow honey from other hives that are overflowing and share them with other hives that have not been as successful. My Mom knows only a little bit about the bees, but she is quickly learning and enjoying seeing them around her gardens.