Whether you are a seasoned beek or considering starting, the cold months are for planning and learning. If you are already a 'keeper, you've likely taken stock of your hives and gear and decided on your needs for next year.
If you are new, it's time to research local laws, decide on hives, choose a good location for them, and get a lead on bees. You will ideally want to be on swarm lists or purchase nucleus hives or bee packages by the end of the year. (Portland locals, we have a reservation list on our site for packages in April and May.) Then, read. Read beekeeping books so that you have a solid foundation of knowledge. We love the books in our shop by Michael Bush, Dr. Thomas Seeley, and more. The Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping is a great place to start. (And no, you are not an idiot!)
Next Monday - Early access to our Black Friday Sale for our mailing list members! Sign up now to get first dibs on hives, gear + gifts next week. Supplies are limited so get in and get done!