Homegrown Honey Bees: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping Your First Year, from Hiving to Honey Harvest

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This beginner’s guide to beekeeping clearly explains everything you need to know, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography brings the inner workings of the hive to life, while the playful text gives you the information you need to make it through your first year. Everything is addressed here, from allergies, permits and restrictions, and how to deal with the neighbors to hive structure, colony hierarchy, and bee behavior....

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Overview

This beginner’s guide to beekeeping clearly explains everything you need to know, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography brings the inner workings of the hive to life, while the playful text gives you the information you need to make it through your first year. Everything is addressed here, from allergies, permits and restrictions, and how to deal with the neighbors to hive structure, colony hierarchy, and bee behavior.

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American Bee Journal

Homegrown Honey Bees introduces the basic procedures, possibilities, and pleasures of keeping bees. Spectacular macro photography brings the inner workings of the hive to life, while the passionate, playful text leads the beginning beekeeper through the first year. All the primary concerns and questions are addressed, from allergies, permits and restrictions, and potential issues with the neighbors to hive structure, colony hierarchy, and bee behavior. Beekeepers Alethea Morrison and Mars Vilaubi chronicle the happening in their own hive and share the challenges of their first year, from replacing a failing queen bee to sustaining a colony over a cold winter, as well as the reward of tasting their first honey harvest. Beginners, dreamers, families, and educators will find this highly visual reference an indispensible guide to becoming a confident, happy beekeeper.

Hobby Greenhouse

This book is exactly what its subtitle describes it as - an absolute beginner's guide to keeping bees. Written and illustrated in full color by a couple who not too long ago were neophyte beekeepers themselves, it aims to first capture readers' interest in the fun and fascination of this hobby and then give them basic information needed to get through their first year keeping bees.

Library Journal
Beekeeping has been moving from farm-centered spaces to urban rooftops, and beekeeper Morrison walks readers through the first year of the process of setting up a hive, from getting the colony together to honey extraction. Synopses of honey bee life cycles, equipment, and many firsts (i.e., first month, first season, and first honey harvest) are laid out, with examples from beekeepers all over the United State to highlight the ups and downs of this growing pastime. The last chapter reminds readers that beekeeping is not always a winning hobby or business, considering the rise of colony collapse disorder (CCD) and issues like starvation or varroa mites, yet Morrison demonstrates how keeping your own hive can be a worthwhile endeavor with numerous health and personal benefits.

Verdict As urban farming continues to grow, this simple beekeeping reference guide with a personal perspective will be a welcome addition to the shelves, both for novice apiarists or those just starting to explore the topic.—Kristi Chadwick, Emily Williston Lib., Easthampton, MA
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603429948
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 306,633
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Alethea Morrison and photographer Mars Vilaubi lived in San Francisco before stepping into the wild yonder of rural Massachusetts to raise their son, keep bees and chickens, brew beer, sew clothes, grow heirloom beans, and otherwise slow down to smell the flowers of a handmade life. Their experience raising chickens was chronicled in Chick Days. They both work as creative professionals, and Alethea serves as president of the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association.

Photographer Mars Vilaubi chronicled the adventures of his three backyard hens from their first days out of the egg through their first days laying eggs in Chick Days. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 Why Bees?

2 What Am I Getting Into?

3 Bee Life 101

4 How Do I Get Started?

5 The Gear

6 The First Month

7 The First Season

8 The First Harvest

9 Congratulations or Condolences

Glossary

Appendix: Parasites, Diseases & Ailments

Resources

Index

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