Urban beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular as popular concern over colony collapse disorder and the state of the honey bee population leads more than a few people to answer the question "What can I do?" with a simple answer: Raise bees.
Traditionally a project that people undertook in rural landscapes, where farmers might allow a neighbor's bee hive box or two without complaint, beekeeping is increasingly becoming a hobby for city dwellers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bees can do quite well in urban landscapes, and they will undoubtedly to their part to keep urban gardens blooming beautifully. It's not the best time to start a new hive in many climates, with winter approaching, but there's plenty of time to plan for the spring.
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For more on colony collapse disorder, tips for keeping a bee-friendly property, beekeeping and enjoying local honey, see The Daily Green's ongoing special report: The Daily Green Saves the Bees.
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