Instruction books for keeping bees
This is a collection of articles, originally published in The British Bee Journal. This 20 page A4 reprint is full of information gained by Clara over many years when she was a particularly successful competitor at The National Honey Show. Reproduced from the original publication in March 2010 with the agreement of her family.
Harvest your own honey, make your garden or orchard more productive, nurture local food systems, connect with nature, and help bring honey bees back from population decline. These are some of the benefits of becoming a beekeeper. Whatever your interest in honey bees, this reliable resource has all the expert advice you need to keep a thriving, productive hive.
Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees will guide you through every step of beekeeping, including:
• Planning a hive
• Acquiring bees
• Installing a colony
• Keeping your bees healthy
• Understanding and preventing diseases
• Harvesting honey crops
MALCOLM T. SANFORD is author of the Apis Newsletter and many articles on beekeeping for popular and scholarly magazines. He was Extension Beekeeping Specialist at the University of Florida for 20 years and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The late RICHARD E. BONNEY was author of the books Beekeeping and Hive Management, the foundation for Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping explains bee biology, what bees do, and provides the tools which make it possible for an individual to successfully manage bee colonies. I have concentrated on the “why” aspects of bee biology – the biological basis of specific beekeeping activities – so that the reader understands “when” and “how” certain things must be done. My intent is to explain bee and beekeeping basics in a manner meaningful to a person who lacks an extensive background or knowledge of biology. Yet I have not oversimplified bee biology to the point where it is meaningless to the serious beekeeper or informed biologist” – Dewey M Caron. A popular speaker and author, Dr. Dewey M. Caron is professor of entomology at the University of Delaware.
The world of the honey bee is complex with many organisms living in, on, or around the bee and its young. The Honey Bee Around and About is a beautifully illustrated book Celia Davis explores the world of the bee and also the plants on which it depends for its food and the food itself. Within its pages the serious beekeeper will find much information that is otherwise scattered over many volumes. – Karl Showler, Honorary President of Bee Craft Ltd. This is a companion volume to Celia’s first book The Honey Bee Inside Out which covered the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee. The Honey Bee Around and About begins by looking at the origin of honey bees and continues with a description of the different subspecies. Disease is often a neglected topic but it is an important factor for the beekeeper to bear in mind. Celia details the major diseases affecting honey bees s well as other pests including the mite, Varroa destructor. The honey bee’s major function is as a pollinator of flowers both in agriculture and the wider environment and the final chapters look at the relationship between bees and flowers and the resultant products of the hive. Also included are an appendix giving the background to scientific terminology a wide-ranging glossary including phonetic spellings and suggestions for further reading. This is a book that will inform anybody who is interested in this fascinating insect. It is based on the examination modules set by the British Beekeepers’ Association but this text will prove interesting for anyone wanting to know more about our honey bees.The book concludes with a glossary including phonetic spelling and suggestions for further reading. It is a book anyone wanting to know more about our fascinating honey bees as well as those studying for the British Beekeepers’ Association examination modules.A companion volume to The Honey Bee Inside Out, Celia Davis deals with the origin of honey bees and their different sub species. There are major sections on bee diseases & pests. A must for examination candidates.
Michael Duncan, a beekeepers for over 60 years has written a quite exceptional and unique text, published as a volume with both illustrations and text in his own free flowing hand. Starting the craft in Birmingham in 1947 he has since 1982 kept bees in North Devon. His concern for our world is clearly stated in his words. We live in an ailing, troubled, treadmill of a world. But another does exist parallel to it – largely unnoticed. A world of light, colour, sweetness, tranquility: of external rhythms and harmonies. Step over into it each day, however briefly. Hold it in some secluded corner of the heart. Saving Our Bees Can Save Our Sanity.
This complete and easy guide provides an easy introduction to the craft from an American standpoint. There are extensive sections on cooking with honey and the uses of beeswax.Discover:• What you need to get started: the new boxes available are smaller, lighter, easier and better, and the few pounds of honey they produce makes a plentiful harvest for a family with some to share.• The best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and how to landscape to screen them from neighbours.• Organic and least-toxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements, to keeping the, healthy and productive.• Delicious treats, candles and beauty treatments you can make with honey and beeswax.If you want beekeeping done right, it won’t be fast. However, beekeeping takes about the same investment in time and care as gardening, dovetails nicely with the planting and harvesting seasons and provides bonuses for gardeners that include better pollination and larger produce yields. The Complete and Easy Guide to Beekeeping takes a fresh, modern look at traditional beekeeping. Numerous photos, diagrams and supportive tips are used to supplement good, solid beekeeping information. But unlike most basic beekeeping books, the information does not stop there. Instructions on candle – and soap – making are clearly presented as well as numerous recipes using honey. This is a refreshingly useful book for today’s beekeeper” – Dr. James E. Tew, State Specialist, Beekeeping Department of Entomology. Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio.About the author:After receiving a degree in Production horticulture from the Wisconsin, Kim Flottum began a career in honey bee pollination research with the USDA and a lifelong interest in the multifaceted hobby and business of beekeeping. He is the editor of Bee Culture magazine.
Hours of creative fun .. The perfect gift for beekeepers, herb enthusiasts, and do-it-yourselfers!• How to make more than 300 useful products that contain honey and beeswax.• Step-by-step directions for making and using each product.• Mail order sources listed for all ingredients.• Includes pattern for “Honey Bear” and “Worker Bee” stuffed dolls.
The title tells you all. Beekeeping without finding the Queen is an attempt by the author to assist beekeepers to enjoy their activities even more. Most beekeepers have trouble finding the Queen in a colony of honey bees, at best it is time consuming. This book approaches beekeeping without even looking for the queen. The author hopes it will help beekeepers to enjoy their activities even more.
Written for those who are new to beekeeping, this book aims to clarify the essential procedures that are associated with the subject. Step by step instructions take the newcomer through each stage, with photographs and illustrations to further clarify the techniques.• Where to start• Equipment and supplies• Setting up a hive• Introducing the bees• Handling and checking• Seasonal management• Dealing with a swarm• Feeding the bees• Harvesting the wax an honey• Dealing with problemsWritten for those who are new to beekeeping, this books aims to clarify the essential procedures that are associated with the subject. Step-by-step instructions take the newcomer through each stage, with photographs and illustrations to further clarify the techniques. This is an essential guide for the beginner during the first few years of beekeeping.