Want to start keeping bees
I’m sure I’m not the first to ask this; and I know of and have read resources online, but i like getting personal stories and advice so:
My partner and I just bought two acres of land and have been gardening and will build a house next summer. Our neighbor has about 25 fruit trees. We have bees around gettin busy in all of those and all of the wild flowers and want to keep some around to help pollinate, to harvest honey, and to help out a species in need. I get excited just thinking about it. I know two local bee keepers and will reach out to them. In the meantime, what should be my next steps? I’m mostly confused about timing: when should we be certain to have a hive up, when should we be looking/signing up/buying bees, when should we be moving a queen or a swarm onto the property, etc?