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Product Details

  • Series: Homemade Living
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596261
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“City dwellers across the country are rapidly discovering the appeal of urban beekeeping. Large cities like Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco are even promoting beekeeping for pollination health, to keep city vegetation green and lush.” --USA Today
 
“Ashley English is the how-to voice of a new DIY movement.” --Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, founders of Homegrown Evolution and authors of The Urban Homestead
 
"An approach to urban homesteading that inspires both action and admiration.” – Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
 
“The Homemade Living series is beautiful, in both aesthetics and intention. A friendly introduction to simpler living that people in barns and brownstones alike can appreciate.” – Jenna Woginrich, author of Made from Scratch and blogger for Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post
 
“What I love most about this series is how Ashley presents all of these could-be-complicated subjects in a way that's achievable and encouraging. It all feels totally doable...not to mention fun and fresh in the way she shares it all.” - Amanda Soule, Author of The Creative Family and Handmade Home, Found of the popular blog Soule Mama
 
“These four excellent books in the Homemade Living series offer great information on each subject for both beginners and intermediate users.” – Library Journal
 
“Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list!...Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.” -Re-Nest

Keeping Bees is one in a series of books from author Ashley English for the Homemade Living line. Each one (Home Dairy, Keeping Chickens, and Canning & Preserving) presents detailed, but accessible, information for the urban homesteader...These books are adorable and chock-full of info, too. This volume provides the bee basics, but then goes on to discuss things to consider before raising bees (your neighbors, allergies, pets and kids, legal ramifications, etc.), how to house them (and where), feeding options, equipment must-haves, where to purchase them and how to maintain a healthy hive, and, of course, their magical byproduct: honey (along with recipes to try!)...It also includes checklists, as well as suggestions for requeening, preventing a swarm, dividing the hive and more.” --Urban Farm

“English's warm, encouraging tone, along with plenty of detailed photos of every stage of the process, make this book a must-have for novice beekeepers...I highly recommend Keeping Bees with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More to anyone who is considering keeping bees. It gives you a good idea of what to expect, so you can decide if you want to take the next step toward beekeeping.” --About.com Organic Gardening

 

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ASHLEY ENGLISH has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. She is a member of Slow Food USA and works with non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She has a popular clip on YouTube (http://tiny.cc/FvOH1; is a regular contributor to the popular blog Design*Sponge (with 308,000 regular readers); and maintains her own blog at http://small-measure.blogspot.com. Ashley and her husband currently reside in CANDLER, NORTH CAROLINA.

More About the Author

Ashley English has earned degrees in holistic nutrition and sociology. She has worked over the years with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues, is currently a member of Slow Food USA, has a bimonthly column for the popular blog Design*Sponge entitled "Small Measures with Ashley", a column for the quarterly publication "Taproot", a monthly pie-baking post on the Mrs. Wages website, and a monthly column in Verve magazine, entitled "English Lessons." She is the author of four books in The Homemade Living Series (Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, Home Dairy), as well as A Year of Pies, all from Lark Crafts.

Ashley has been featured in major publications, including Food & Wine, Delish, Edible Magazines, and Anthology. She has been a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusFM. She blogs at www.smallmeasure.com. Ashley lives in Candler, NC with her husband, their young son, and a menagerie of animals.

People everywhere are embracing local, seasonal foods with an interest in knowing how and where it's produced, to become engaged in their community, with a desire for self-sustainability, and to enjoy fresh flavors. In this beautifully photographed series, Ashley English shows how you can participate in the homemade living movement, walking alongside you each step of the way with practical, need-to-know information; personal reflections of her own experiences; profiles of people living this lifestyle; and unique recipes you'll want in your repertoire. Filled with just the right mix of knowledgeable guidance and friendly encouragement, these books provide you with the essential basics to start enriching your own homemade life.

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Ashley really laid out great information in an organized way with fun visuals.
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This is a great book for the beginner bee keeper.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Diana L. Smith on March 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As beekeepers for 45 years we don't buy bee books often as they rarely offer anything new but Keeping Bees is an exception. The text and excellent photographs offer the promise that you can manage a colony of bees even if you don't have a mentor watching over your shoulder. Often my husband is so speedy at opening a hive that I don't really understand what he is doing so I really liked the concise step-by-step photo sequences. The bee journals can be too technical but this book strikes the right balance of information for anyone aspiring to be a beekeeper.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Beck120 on February 20, 2011
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I have been waiting for this book to be published ever since I purchased the first two books in Ashley English's "Homemade Living" series. I have been researching bee keeping for about a year now, mostly because I plant a garden every year and would like to give it a boost, but also because I am fascinated by honeybees and would like to have my own honey source. I love this book because it is packed with great information but is not overwhelming. English tackles the most important lessons of beekeeping and stays on task. After reading this, I definitely think I can manage a couple of hives, and I am really excited to get started. Bottom line: if you're thinking about keeping bees, read this book first.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Enzie Shahmiri on February 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, because it is filled with wonderful information about the life of bees and how to harvest your own honey in your own backyard. The book is filled with great images and easy to follow tutorials how to set up hives and how to maintain them. I am not a beekeeper, but I grow my own fruits and vegetables in order to have access to truly organic food and I am considering keeping my own beehive after reading this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ballardbee on March 7, 2011
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Being a beekeeper for a few years you can imagine I have read my share of books on this subject. This one was refreshing to read. Ashley really laid out great information in an organized way with fun visuals. Easy read and a perfect book for anyone thinking of getting into managing honeybees.
Great job Ashley!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By wildmountainbees on March 19, 2011
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This is a beautifully written and well tought out book. Its chock full of correct and detailed information for the hopeful beekeeper and has grains of wisdom for one who has already begun their journey as a keeper of the bees. As a commercial beekeeper and beekeeping supplier I would recommend this book to anyone with interest in beekeeping, starting out, or in their early years with the bees. If you don't know already when you get 10 beekeepers together you will get at least a dozen opinions on any subject. Ashley English has done fine work with these dozen. Check it out!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By venable on March 21, 2011
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I received my book a couple of weeks ago. Amazon is on point as usual. This is a great book. I have been waiting to get it since I checked out Keeping Chickens from the library so many times I decided to get my own copy. I am planning to start bee keeping mostly just for fun but also for the chance to help bees out and get some honey in return. The book is choc-full of information and pictures, but I really love the humor too. I will read through it time and again, in preparation for starting a hive. Thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian on June 25, 2011
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Keeping Bees is part of the Homemade Living Series of books that includes reference books geared toward people everywhere who are interested in seasonal, local food with an interest in knowing how and where it's produced, becoming engaged in their communities, exploring self-sustainability, and enjoying fresh flavors. Other books in the series include Keeping Chickens, Home Dairy, and Canning and Preserving.

Keeping Bees begins with an introduction to the do-it-yourself food movement along with how keeping your own bees can be a great step toward championing home-grown food. Chapter one is an extremely detailed introduction to honey bees that looks at the history of honey bees from prehistoric cave paintings up through the current times. Then learn all about honeybee anatomy, with descriptions as well as pictures to follow along. The book also includes pictures and descriptions of each of the three types of honey bees in the hive hierarchy.

I had no idea some of the information I read in this chapter! I definitely do NOT want to be a male honey bee! You will also learn all about the different duties of the worker bees and the life stages of honeybees.

Also included in the book is everything you need to know from considering whether or not bees are for you to the housing requirements, feeding bees, essential bee-keeping supplies, where to find the bees, a look inside a beehive, a look at bees through the seasons with handy checklists on health and wellness, and a chapter on the honey itself.

The last chapter in this book is definitely my very favorite and it includes honey recipes! You can easily make these honey recipes from your own honey or from honey purchased from the store or local supplier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley N. Mentlik on April 8, 2011
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Maybe a professional might find this book juvenile but for a beginner, I love love love this book! I feel it's informative without going over my head or without dumbing it down. It also has a lot of instructions and images to aid comprehension. This book covers everything from setting up a hive to getting bees in the mail to harvesting the honey. She also included bios from established beekeepers (including herself!). I follow the writer's blog (design sponge) and I love her work. As a side note, Amazon got the book to be when I needed it, and in great shape. The book is also really well-priced for how informative it is. I would highly recommend this book for someone who is toying with the idea of keeping bees. Thanks also for the recipes!
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