A comprehensive guide to bees and beekeeping, starting with the novice and ending with the semi-expert! It tells you all you need to know about taking up beekeeping on a small scale.
When and where; hives and beekeeping equipment; buying secondhand; understanding honeybees.
Siting Your Bees
Selecting a site; hiving your bees; feeding your bees; looking through the hive; avoiding bee stings.
A Thriving Colony
Adding supers; using a queen excluder; how bees forage; the honey flow; taking off honey.
Preparing and feeding the hive for winter; mice, damp. wax moth and other enemies.
The Second Year
Spring cleaning; getting a second hive; oil seed rape; the June gap’; problems with a poor harvest.
Keeping the queen in charge; requeening; making a nuc.
Why bees swarm; swarms in action; catching and hiving a swarm; drone laying queens and other problems.
The Third Year And Beyond
Three years’ beekeeping summary; commercial beekeeping; migratory hives.
Honey for sale; honey for show; honey recipes; making mead; wax extracting; beeswax polish and candles; propolis and medicinal properties.
‘Killer bees; bee pests and diseases.
Bees in History
Beekeeping from BC to the present century.
Glossary of beekeeping terms and information packed appendices.