I have been a "hardcore" gardener since I got married 22 years ago. I originally started because we were young a pretty poor when we got married, and gardening kept me home doing something productive rather than spending money. Of course, it turned into a lifetime passion. Many years back, DH's uncle, the one who was my gardening mentor, became a beekeeper. This year, after years of gentle persuasion, he has persuaded me to take one of his hives, and I've spent a couple weekends learning the science. I am so excited to see what the bees will do for my garden!