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1.0 out of 5 stars Nice picture book, bad 1st year reference, June 18, 2011
This review is from: The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden (Flexibound)
Yes, this is a nice picture book, and there is a lot of good information throughout. However, as a reference book for a first year beekeeper, this guide has been generally frustrating. The main problems are the very poor organization of the book and a lack of specific information that an "Absolute Beginner" would want. For one example of many, when do I put on an entrance reducer? Good question, so I look up in the index "entrance reducer", page 30. Turn to page 30 (the only reference) and there is a picture of a new hive with an entrance reducer on the top. The text says, other equipment you will need . . . entrance reducer, which we will explain later in the book. Ahh, now I am trying to reread the whole book to answer my silly question. No I never found the answer, only one small paragraph on mouse guards which I have learned are basically the same thing.

Also, at page 144 of the 200 page book the information turns to beeswax, candles, and honey recipes. This is not information I need as a first year beekeeper! Four pages on Fall and Winter management and fifty on candles, soap, and recipes! Come on, you likely won't even have a harvest the first year.

In the end, I spent way more time answering my beekeeping questions from Google than from this book, but it looks nice on the coffee table. And why is there a recipe for a mixed green salad with shrimp on page 181???
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Initial post: May 25, 2012 5:49:18 AM PDT
Jennifer says:
did you find Beekeeping For Dummies. I loved it- and he gives wonder sources for further questions as well. He's very succinct in 1st year advice, including calendar questions, reducers, equipment, etc.

Posted on May 26, 2014 4:21:40 PM PDT
Shari F Dell says:
Read cover to cover, this book is an excellent 'how to guide'. Certainly, it is not a reference guide. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and Kim Flottum's writing; the book is informative and written with an inclusive tone.
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