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Beekeeping For Dummies, UK Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-97568-7
358 pages
September 2011
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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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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

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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.

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