I was thinking about starting a honeybee hive but the regulations here are a bit much for me to deal with right now (maybe at some time in the future.) I looked into Mason Bees, but they only pollinate things like fruit trees (not active during veggie season.) Does anyone know anything about starting/keeping a hive of bumblebees? I like them, big fat fuzzy things that they are, but don't know anything about keeping them. If anyone has any knowledge about bumblebees, I would appreciate some help. If you have other ideas or knowledge of another breed of bee, that would be great, too. Thanks!
Bumblebees and honeybees are different things. Bumblebees are very gentle, but there's not much of a market for them as they don't produce honey, I've been told.
You can make your garden attractive to bumblebees and hope that they'll come (watch out for the nests, which are often on the ground), or you can buy honey bees, but there's hive set up and maintenance involved with that.
If you're lucky, you might get a teaspoon full. That's why it's not worth the work. If you are looking to harvest honey, the honey bee is your only option. There are many native pollenators, but you would have to research those in your specific area.