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Beekeeping For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Howland Blackiston , Kim Flottum
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Beekeeping For Dummies, 2nd Edition reviews the tools of the trade, including complete instructions for building and maintaining beehives; offers detailed and easy-to-follow guidelines for all phases of honey production--including harvesting, bottling, packaging and marketing your honey; explores theories into the recent unexplained collapse of colonies and its environmental and economic on society; and provides new information on mites and diseases and recommend changes in bee medication and treatments.


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Beekeeping For Dummies is a honey of a book on an increasingly popular hobby. For both enjoyment and profit, beekeeping has become a booming enterprise. This easy-to-follow guide removes the mystery from this pastime. Realize the benefits of keeping bees, from aiding the environment to enjoying homemade honey and wax products.

Beekeeping For Dummies includes detailed, full-color photographs that show how to install a package of bees in your hive, what to expect from your bees (they are incredibly well-tempered during swarming!), and how to spot-and solve-common beekeeping problems.

Beekeeping For Dummies was written by Howland Blackiston, expert beekeeper and the president and co-owner of www.bee-commerce.com.

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Beekeeping For Dummies is a honey of a book on an increasingly popular hobby. For both enjoyment and profit, beekeeping has become a booming enterprise. This easy-to-follow guide removes the mystery from this pastime. Realize the benefits of keeping bees, from aiding the environment to enjoying homemade honey and wax products.

Beekeeping For Dummies includes detailed, full-color photographs that show how to install a package of bees in your hive, what to expect from your bees (they are incredibly well-tempered during swarming!), and how to spot-and solve-common beekeeping problems.

Beekeeping For Dummies was written by Howland Blackiston, expert beekeeper and the president and co-owner of bee-commerce.com.


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not complete February 7, 2014
By kinigit
Format:Paperback
I have read a lot of beekeeping books. This is a large one with lots of information, but it is far from complete. This author as well as many others recommend the traditional method of keeping bees, meaning a Langstroth hive with chemicals and traditional methods. However, the major audience for this book and many of the other books out there are new "backyard" beekeepers who are looking to keep bees for personal enjoyment not profit. Every beekeeping book that recommends the use of Langstroth hives should be upfront and honest with the reader that this hive was designed for the purpose of keeping bees in a way that was most convenient to beekeepers producing the largest honey crop they could without consideration for the bees. I blame this author no more than any other who does not include this piece of information. Many new beekeepers have heard about the plight of the honey bee and want to help bees regain there footing in our increasingly polluted and unfriendly world. They have more time to spend working on their bees per hive and can do more than a commercial beekeeper to keep their bees happy. Consider this book as one option. There are many others and you should read more than one to find the right path for you on this adventure.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good intro, one side of the story March 18, 2012
By matt
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I have this and the "Idiots" guide. They are a bit different, both good in their own way.

The "Idiots" leans strongly in the direction of an "all natural" approach and gives some good reasoning for that, where as the "dummies" guide is a traditional "treat it this way when disease x shows up," and almost alway with chemicals (though more natural approaches are referenced).

As a new bee keeper (me) you won't go wrong with either. The dummies guide give a little better equipment description and has photos of common problems which is nice. They are cheap, so just get both. You'll see two sides of a somewhat controversial issue in beekeeping (treat vs no treat).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beekeeping Spelled out REALLY well August 13, 2010
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"Beekeeping For Dummies"
by Howland Blackiston

Book Review by Jay Gilbertson

Though I would hardly suggest that if you are indeed a beekeeper, that you're a dummy, for me this wonderful book was just the right place to begin a new (and really sticky) hobby. Since author Howland Blackiston has been an actual beekeeper for over 20 years, I felt that alone was enough proof that the guy knows his bees. Boy does he!

The layout of this particular beekeeping guide was the real deal-clincher when trying to find the one-and-only. There's an enormous collection to choose from and since this is truly my first stab at beekeeping, this book laid out a practical foundation. Blackiston takes you through the process from picking up your bees, to setting up a bee apiary (or bee yard), observing your hive from spring through summer, to fall honey harvesting and wintertime's slumber. Of course, Blackiston reminds you, that though the bees rarely leave the hive in the winter, the worker bees are working like crazy to keep the queen warm and make sure her every need is met.

One of the many great surprises about Blackiston's approach was that throughout the book he tosses in a great deal of history as well as oodles of useful hints and advice from just where to put your hive, to different methods of harvesting honey, to properly tucking in your hive(s) for winter. Some of the more interesting facts are that beekeeping has been around for at least 5 thousand years, yet not until October 30, 1851 did the actual practice of beekeeping become a more standardized, and thus teachable, trade/hobby due to a fellow named Langstroth. Reverend Landstroth was the one responsible for devising the interchangeable hives that are still in use today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great preparation for new beekeepers November 29, 2011
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I read this and the Beekeeper's Handbook. Beekeeping for Dummies is by far the better of the two. The information in this book is complete, well organized and easy to read. In addition, it will get you excited about the new hobby. I was amazed at how much of the information I retained, which is a testimony to the effectiveness of the writing. My friends and family are impressed not only with my passion for beekeeping, but with my knowledge as I await the spring to begin this new adventure. Both my passion and knowledge were greatly enhanced from reading this book. I think this book is a must read for all new beekeepers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for beginners March 2, 2011
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I borrowed several books from the library when I was getting started. This was by far the best one. Well-organized and concise. It's a great reference book and a good one to buy to have on hand when you're out at the hive. Also, you don't need to read it cover to cover, just page through and find what you need when you need it. Most of the other books were all paragraphs and I had to read the whole paragraph to find what I was looking for. This one has clear titles and bullet points that are great for looking up specific information. It is a good place to start and a good suppliment to hands-on experience with an established beekeeper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fact Filled March 21, 2012
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We have been contemplating keeping bees for a while, but thought that it would be too difficult. However, after reading this book, we have decided that, yes, we can keep bees! This book has a plethora of information on everything from getting started to raising your own queen. Great read for the novice as well as the veteran bee keeper!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i LOVE IT THANK YOU SO MUCH
Published 5 hours ago by Rima M. Mathewson
5.0 out of 5 stars She is just starting her bee keeping and really thought it useful.
Ordered for my wife as she borrowed one and wanted her own. She is just starting her bee keeping and really thought it useful.
Published 3 days ago by Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Start
This is a very good book for beginners. It is well written and the material is well organized. Since the author advocates the use of common pesticides used in the beekeeping... Read more
Published 5 days ago by David Emberson
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
All you can find is worth the money, Bees need all the help thy can get , good book
Published 6 days ago by Northsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect resource.
I never read Dummies books cover to cover, but am working on doing that with this book right now. I'm fascinated by these tiny creatures, and haven't skipped a page in this book... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Arthur Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
Very helpful , I am new to Bee keeping , so I learned quit a bit from it . , Very well done and easy to understand
Published 17 days ago by Robert Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars No Dummy Anymore
Always a fan of the "Dummies" book. Nice for step-by-step information
Published 18 days ago by S. Mankoski
5.0 out of 5 stars ... has been a very informative book for a dummy like me. I keep going...
This has been a very informative book for a dummy like me. I keep going back to it for reference. Very good detail and plenty of pictures.
Published 18 days ago by WLD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 19 days ago by sledgehammer
5.0 out of 5 stars The first beekeeping book I purchased and loved it but I also...
The first beekeeping book I purchased and loved it but I also recommend reading others especially The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush
Published 20 days ago by Moises Rodriguez
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Howland Blackiston has been keeping bees since 1981. He has written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including CNBC, CNN, NPR, The Discovery Channel, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Howland has been a keynote speaker at conferences in more than 40 countries. he is the past president of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association, and is the co-founder of www.bee-commerce.com.





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