Synopses & Reviews
This book will tell you everything you need to know - from the cost of the set-up process and keeping your bees happy and healthy, to selling your produce and how to deal with stings. Provides the backyard farmer and honey artisan with all the fundamental knowledge needed for beekeeping.
Keeping bees in your garden is a fascinating and rewarding hobby that not only helps to restore the balance in the natural environment, but also provides the keeper with a rich supply of honey and beeswax. This book will tell you everything you need to know - from the cost of the set-up process and keeping your bees happy and healthy, to selling your produce and how to deal with stings. Illustrated throughout.
About the Author
Vivian Head is an ardent cook, gardener and author who lives in a country cottage in East Sussex, in the United Kingdom. When she is not busy writing, she tends her allotment and kitchen herb garden, which is also home to her chickens and four beehives.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION The History of the Honey Bee UNDERSTANDING THE HONEY BEE The Superfamily Bee Anatomy Swarming BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT Getting Started The Hive Other Tools and Equipment Equipment for Extracting Honey Suitable Clothing Dealing with Bee Stings GETTING YOUR BEES A Good Source Positioning Your Hives Urban Bees The Day Your Bees Arrive Bait Hives THE BEEKEEPER'S YEAR The Beekeeping Year Spring Marking the Queen Spring Checklist Beekeeping Records Summer and Autumn Summer/Autumn Checklist Surviving the Winter Winter Checklist PESTS AND DISEASES Managing Pests and Diseases Non-infectious Diseases Brood Disorders Adult Bee Diseases Samples for Bee Disease Diagnosis Other Pests and Predators PROBLEM SOLVING Answering your Questions HARVESTING HONEY The Golden Harvest Extracting the Honey Problem Honeys Manuka Honey - A Little Miracle OTHER PRODUCTS FROM THE HIVE Wax, Propolis, Royal Jelly and Pollen REARING QUEENS Breeding Strong Queens GLOSSARY INDEX