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Keep Bees without Fuss or Chemicals [Kindle Edition]

Joe Bleasdale
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An illustrated guide for new beekeepers and experienced beekeepers who want to stop using chemicals in their hives. This book is also a straightforward introduction for anyone who would like to know more about these marvellous creatures and the art of beekeeping.
Latest edition includes:
a) Signs of evolving resistance to varroa: how to check whether your colony has natural varroa resistance.
b) Further detail and photo illustrating the efficient propagation from varroa intolerant hygienic stock.

Contains over 35,000 words, 19 colour photographs and 24 drawings
Note: This e-book is regularly revised with the latest research and experience, so set your device options to receive updates. Diagrams and photographs can be enlarged to full screen by using the ZOOM function on your Kindle device. It also contains a hyperlink index for easy referencing.
From a review in the Taunton & District Bee Keepers News Letter, August/September 2012:
“The stages of manipulation are easy for readers to follow and may help existing beekeepers to change some of those practices they find awkward. The author has drawn his own sketches to illustrate the text which adds a personal touch.”
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3310 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073RV1YM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Joe Bleasdale is a retired systems engineer and has kept bees for over 30 years in the counties of Hampshire and Somerset. He also gardens and makes cider from his little orchard. He is married, with two grown up children, a daughter who now teaches Yoga and keeps chickens, and a son who owns an orchard in Wales and sells cider and apple trees. In retirement he worked for 3 years as a volunteer gardener for the National Trust at Stourhead, and there with a fellow volunteer established its apiary.
He is a member of the Somerset branch of the British Beekeeping Association and the Frome circle of Natural Beekeepers. He lives in Brewham, Somerset, and is engaged on a project to propagate his strain of varroa-intolerant hygienic bees with fellow members of the South East Division of the Somerset Beekeeping Association.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Honest 1 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot be the only new beekeeper who is lacking in knowledges and experience, but at the same time is uneasy about the amount of chemical usage in the 'received wisdom' of the local bee keepers society. Joe has written a book that supports my feelings, but with the knowledge of one who has practised what he preaches for a few years and knows what he is talking about. He also has the honesty to admit that there is a cost to being chemical free - everything is not plain sailing and that sometimes colonies will be lost.

I only wish that he had written a longer book with more detail on the annual cycle of bee keeping - as it is I shall be going back to this one frequently, and following up his recommended reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Bee Book 22 April 2012
By Ace
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very interesting book but I wish I had known that the writing was going to be so faint I could hardly read it, because then I would have bought the printed copy!! Very, very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 29 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent read and makes one think about the way you are taking care of your bees.
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By Nigel T
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Very interesting and informative even though it is a bit short and sweet.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointing 27 Nov. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I expected more on chemical treatment free beekeeping from a book called "Keep Bees Without Fuss or Chemicals" There is very little info on this and no in depth at all. Mostly its about hive management from spring to autumn and even this is done without depth. Very basic info on conventional beekeeping. The author talks a bit about top bar hives claiming some stuff and not stating weather he kept bees in them or not (I presume not). All in all a book to avoid since there a re tons of books much better writen on conventional beekeeping then this one. I found link to this book on the Bees for Development home page and Im not sure why they have it there since there are much better books available. Very very very disappointed indeed.
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