- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Collins & Brown; 1st Edition edition (14 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843404184
- ISBN-13: 978-1843404187
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bee Keeping: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Would-be Smallholders (Country Living) (National Trust Home & Garden) Hardcover – 14 May 2007
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"Will enable even the novice to produce excellent honey!" - SA Gardening
About the Author
Andrew Davies has written a variety of comedy books for the Portico imprint including the original When I Were A Lad and its successors; School Lad, Nipper, Lass and Meerkat. He's vented his fury in the Ivor Grump books, including The Grumpy Drivers' Handbook and The Grumpy Golfers' Handbook, and some sports nostalgia books under the alias of Captain William Featherstone-Dawes.However the most fun he's had was writing the captions for 101 Sports Not To Try.
Top Customer Reviews
Simple, easy to understand theory, this book gentle leads you from one subject to the next building on previous chapters as it goes. It is also nice that it is a UK book rather than an Americanised one such as "Bee Keeping for Dummies" (also excellent and defiantly worth buying as your slightly more advance book).
Whilst this does not have enough information for scientific types or more learned bee enthusiasts, it will give you all the information needed to make a decision whether or not to attend your local association lectures (which are a must) before embarking upon your new hobby!
Beekeeping is incredibly complicated and detailed, and many other books get down into the depths very quickly, and can be confusing. This book pitches the level just right; enough detail to be useful, but easily accessible and simple to understand. In only 96 pages, the author covers alot of ground though if you are serious about keeping bees yourself, you'll need some other books later on.
Published in 2007, this book is bang up to date and excellent in telling you everything you need to know about bees, keeping them and harvesting their honey; and how to avoid being stung, and if you are, how to get rid of the stinger quickly before it does too much damage.
Yes, a spledid book in every aspect, and although I believe every word it says, I may just venture into reading a couple more editions before I, possibly, take the plunge? But hey, if Grandad kept bees here 60 years ago, why not give it another shot for nostalgia's sake?
I have found it very informative. As a complete novice, not yet even a beginner at bee keeping, I bought it to see if bee keeping could be something for me to take up, and the book does that well, taking the reader through the questions of Why keep bees, The best time to start, The cost, What about stings, Location, and so on, before progressing through all the basics of how to obtain practical help and training when about to start; then further on through the various techniques and tips to use. It has a section on the beekeeping calendar with topics for each month, and also a section on problems and what to do about them. All this in 96 pages.
It is a thoroughly lovely book to have as well, being a proper hardback (well, glued like a paperback, not stitched, but at this low price it is exceptional value). The paper of the pages is of good quality and should stay in excellent condition for years to come. It has an off-white / creamy yellow tint that is very pleasant, and the illustrations are all hand drawings and pastels or water colours, again giving it a lovely feel.
Recommended to anyone interested in bee keeping in general and very much so for beginners.
Highly recommended for a beginner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book that got me into beekeeping, it cuts out all the rubbish and gets straight to the point.Published 5 months ago by Jacob
Excellent little start, how to guide with plenty of gentle humour. Lots of expert hints, tips and sound advice. Will read it often.Published 10 months ago by Ms. J. Harding
Very easy to read and follow... does exactly what it says on the coverPublished 10 months ago by Karen.
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