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First rate: the best beginners and intermediate beekeeping guide?
on 8 November 2011
I've been keeping bees for almost 1 year now - and its been a difficult year with my first colony nearly dying out from an underperforming queen and precious little help around to help me sort it out. So in a year I've had to come a long way.
En route I've read a bunch of bee books, all of them reasonable (David Cramp, Bees in the city and started Ted Hoopers erudite and distinguished "guide to bees and honey"). When this dropped through the door courtesy of Amazon Vine the wife asked what I needed yet another bee book for. The answer is that I probably wouldn't have if I'd started with this one. It's chummy (a little irritating) didactic (good for beginners) and full of "dummies" special chapters "ten top things to do..." which is fine, but doesn't press my buttons particularly.
But the core of the book is unquestionably excellent. There is lots of relevant information and sound practical advice which is very clearly described and easy to follow. There's plenty of it too - it may be a beginners book (and its written in a way which makes it very beginner friendly), but beyond that, its got an awful lot of information to take you a long way from your starter status.
Previous editions of the book were rightly criticised for being too American in orientation - important as Americans use different hives, have different pests (thankfully no Africanised bees here) and raids by bears are not an issue, at least not in this part of London.
This is a terrific book - unreservedly recommended