Beekeeping For Dummies

Beekeeping For Dummies

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By (author) David Wiscombe, By (author) Howland Blackiston

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 232mm x 20mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 21 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1119972507
  • ISBN 13: 9781119972501
  • Edition statement: UK ed
  • Sales rank: 69,380

Product description

The fast and easy way to start and maintain a hive Beekeeping For Dummies is a practical, step-by-step beginner's guide to beekeeping. It gives you plain-English guidance on everything you need to know to start your own beehive, from buying the right equipment, sourcing bees, and locating your hive to maintaining a healthy colony and harvesting honey. Plus, you'll get the latest information on the causes and effects of bee disease, colony collapse disorder, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honeybee has on our environment and economy. Here, you'll get trusted information on beekeeping in the UK, specifically written to address climate, buying equipment, locating hives, the local impact of colony collapse disorder and ways to avoid or minimise the risk to your hive, seasonal beekeeping tasks, local beekeeping associations, and updated content on urban beekeeping. Understand the anatomy of your bees Learn techniques and tips for harvesting, bottling, packaging, and selling honey Discover the benefits of beekeeping Learn techniques on obtaining and hiving your bees If you're a beginner beekeeper, taking a beekeeping course, or just have an interest in the plight of the honeybee, Beekeeping For Dummies has you covered!

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Author information

David Wiscombe is a beekeeping expert who has been keeping bees for over 50 years. He also teaches novice beekeepers and runs the beekeeping course at River Cottage. Howland Blackiston has more than 20 years' experience keeping bees. He has written many articles on beekeeping and been a keynote speaker at conferences in over 40 countries.

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Hooked on Honey Bees 7 Chapter 1: To Bee or Not to Bee? 9 Chapter 2: Life Inside the Honey Bee Hive 21 Part II: Starting Your Adventure 41 Chapter 3: Locating Your Hive 43 Chapter 4: Stocking Up on Basic Beekeeping Equipment 51 Chapter 5: Obtaining and Hiving Your Bees 81 Part III: Looking Inside Your Hive 97 Chapter 6: Opening Your Hive 99 Chapter 7: What to Look for when You're Inspecting 109 Chapter 8: Your Work throughout the Seasons 129 Part IV: Common Problems and Simple Solutions 145 Chapter 9: Heading Off Potential Problems 147 Chapter 10: Treating Diseases and Considering Colony Collapse Disorder 169 Chapter 11: Buzz Off! Dealing with Honey Bee Pests 183 Chapter 12: Raising Your Own Queens 201 Part V: Sweet Rewards 223 Chapter 13: Getting Ready for the Golden Harvest 225 Chapter 14: Honey, I'm Home: Harvest Time 239 Part VI: The Part of Tens 253 Chapter 15: Ten Fun Things to Do with Bees 255 Chapter 16: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Bee Behaviour 267 Chapter 17: Ten Delicious Honey Recipes 271 Appendix A: Helpful Resources 279 Appendix B: Glossary 291 Index 297