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Keeping Bees and Making Honey
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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 June 2008
I bought this book knowing virtually nothing about bees (they exist, they live in hives and they make honey was about the sum total of my knowledge).
I have been considering keeping bees for a while and thought that a little reading would help guide me to a decision.

From memory, the book covers: types of bees (not just honey bees), types of hives, the gear required by the beekeeper, where bee hives can be situated, how bees can be purchased, the maintenance of the colony & hive, pests and how to mitigate their impact, the social structure of the bee colony, the way honey is produced by the bees, the 'swarming' of bees, how to harvest honey from the hive and how to store the harvested honey. There's definitely more - my memory just isn't good enough.

The book material is pitched at the level of the layman/novice. In particular areas the book is usefully pratical and in-depth e.g. There are guides to setting up the hive and putting in the colony, checking the colony's health after setting up your apiary, harvesting the honey, controlling swarming and spring-cleaning the hive. There are also little practical tips throughout that will obviously help you avoid common mistakes e.g. Approach your hive from the side, approaching the front entrance will only wind-up your bees!

To sum up. I thought the book was excellent and was written at exactly the right level for someone in my position. It increased my knowledge greatly (admittedly i started with none), it informed me that i have a more-than-reasonable environment for a hive, it convinced me that i'd be capable of performing the duties required to keep the bees happy and healthy, it told me how to go about performing the duties required, it told me what equipment i'd need to keep bees and finally it was a thoroughly pleasant read into the bargain.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2009
This is the first book I have purchased on keeping bees and really it gives you everything you would want to know if you are starting bee keeping.
It is full of practical advice, explains everything in simple, straightforward, step by step terms and short of hands on experience, has to give the clearest picture of what is involved in keeping bees.
The book is well produced with lots of excellent photographes and is a pleasure to read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2009
Have to agree with another review here that this is more suitable as a coffee table browser.
It's a pretty package of a book with nice colour photographs but found it shallow and more of a magazine article than a book.
OK as a taster I suppose but you would be far better off spending your money on another beginners book and if you intend to go the natural way, 'The Barefoot Beekeeper' is a must.
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on 25 September 2011
A very well written and beautifully illustrated book that is easy to read and understand. For the person thinking of beginning bee keeping e.g. researching before approaching an organisation/club; this book is simply fantastic. As it is so accessible it does mean that detailed information is zero, and even moderate levels of information are missing. Therefore this book is excellent for those with little or no knowledge as it excites and informs reliably, but as a second book, or for people who have done some courses, there is nothing new here.

In summary - a fantastic first book to entice the reader into learning more. As a second book, or for novices that have done a class, there is little here to learn. The recopies in the back are fun though.
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on 11 March 2014
This book is a guide for keeping bees. It has a lot of useful information regarding apiary and making your own honey.

You will first learn the basics of bee keeping and then you will learn about different types of hives, where to place the hives, how to manage the bees according to seasons, how to make your own honey.

In conclusion: an useful book for someone who wants to get a few hives and make honey.
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on 5 October 2009
A good. if basic book with some very good illustrations. A little more about Intergrated Pest management and the control of bee diseases would have been an advantage.
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on 25 May 2013
Contains lots of sensibly written information, a must for those thinking about bee keeping. Covers how honey is made, candle making and cosmetics
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2009
This is a picture book with lots of soft focus shots of flower beds and brand new wbc hives. They've been keeping bees for just a few years so very limited in what they can tell you and obviously have only tried one approach.
Not good enough for the beginer will rapidly leave you wanting more.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2010
I live in France and am surrounded by sweet chestnut trees from which bees make lovely white honey. I approached a local beekeeper to ask if I could have hives on my land. He quizzed me and said I must not touch them, it was for the expert. Him. I agreed and he brought two hives. The bees settled in well and I wanted to start learning about their way of life so I looked up Amazon and chose this book. It was exactly what I wanted. A gentle introduction to these beautiful essential creatures without being just a 'how to' book. I have enjoyed it. I can now talk a bit about them and their world. Incidentally I see it is also available in French!!

My respect for bees and their world has increased and I now have confidence to continue studying what other people have written.

As well as the content, a great deal of thought has gone into the production of this book. The photographs are particularly attractive.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2009
I bought this as a starter to my new venture. I have always wanted to keep bees and now I have the garden space to do it. I have read a lot about beekeeping, much of it very dry and rather long winded. This book was a refreshing change! Easy to read and for the beginner 'apiculteur' (I live in France)it contained the right amount of information to give me a good understanding to move back to those 'tomes' that I found so difficult to read before. There are probably gaps in the information, but when you begin it is impossible to absorb everything at once, and if like me you are rather isolated and there is no friendly beekeeper at hand to guide you along the way - then this is the book to start you off. It makes beekeeping what it should be, a simple and delightful pleasure.
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