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The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping

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Product Code: NL53118
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The Backyard Beekeeper makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters and cooks everywhere. 167 pages, softbound, color photos and illustrations throughout.

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.


  • What you need to get started: the new boxes available are smaller, lighter, easier to handle and better than ever, and the few pounds of honey they produce makes a plentiful harvest for a family with some left to share.
  • The best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and how to landscape to screen them from neighbors.
  • Organic and least-toxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy and productive.
  • Delicious treats, candles and beauty treatments you can make with honey and beeswax.
"The Backyard Beekeeper 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

"This is the liveliest, most entertaining, informative book about the keeping of bees I've seen in a long time. It's full of useful, practical information, but written with a sense of fun, wit and verve that is truly delightful. Reading The Backyard Beekeeper made me want to go out to enjoy my bees." --Mark L. Winston, FRSC, Professor and Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Professor of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

About the author
After receiving a degree in production horticulture from the University of 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.

Shows how enjoyable and accessible backyard beekeeping, including organic and least-toxic ways to care for your bees.

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