Question on setting up beehive and not collecting honey to help populations?
To start, I have no experience with beekeeping but I am in a urban/suburban area and I don't see too many bees around and my small garden doesn't get naturally pollinated. I'd like to do my part to keep plants going and help prevent the decline of bees. I don't have the time or inclination to collect and process honey or wax.
Is there any issue with setting up a hive and just letting it be? Is there still maintenance that needs to be done? Anything I'm missing?