I have always been interested in keeping bees, but never taken the leap. As an exterminator, I always refer bee swarms to local bee keepers to save them, and have often thought about getting ready so I could take one for myself. This past weekend I visited a group interested in sustainable agriculture in southern central colorado. I was amazed to see they had two bee hives at 9600 feet altitude. One was obviously not healthy, and I didn't know how to evaluate the other. Apparently, they lost one hive last year and replaced it. I was a little dismayed that they did not plant anything to help the bees. My interest, and question, after seeing this high altitude experiment, is what steps could be taken to help bees at higher altitudes. I have property at 7500 feet and would love to start beekeeping when I move there. Will planting some clover and other flowers help them stay healthy at that altitude?