Homemade Living: Keeping Bees with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More

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Heard the buzz? Beekeeping is back! Neighborhoods across the country have embraced it as a source of sustainable food and environmental goodness. For those who want to join the “hive” of keepers, Ashley English has the lowdown on the key issues, from space and time considerations to local ordinances to the basics of acquiring, housing, maintaining, and caring for bees year ...
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Overview

Heard the buzz? Beekeeping is back! Neighborhoods across the country have embraced it as a source of sustainable food and environmental goodness. For those who want to join the “hive” of keepers, Ashley English has the lowdown on the key issues, from space and time considerations to local ordinances to the basics of acquiring, housing, maintaining, and caring for bees year round. Plus, get 10 tested honey-centric recipes!


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“City dwellers across the country are rapidly discovering the appeal of urban beekeeping. Large cities like Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco are even promoting beekeeping for pollination health, to keep city vegetation green and lush.” --USA Today
 
“Ashley English is the how-to voice of a new DIY movement.” --Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, founders of Homegrown Evolution and authors of The Urban Homestead

 
"An approach to urban homesteading that inspires both action and admiration.” – Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
 
“The Homemade Living series is beautiful, in both aesthetics and intention. A friendly introduction to simpler living that people in barns and brownstones alike can appreciate.” – Jenna Woginrich, author of Made from Scratch and blogger for Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post

 
“What I love most about this series is how Ashley presents all of these could-be-complicated subjects in a way that's achievable and encouraging. It all feels totally doable...not to mention fun and fresh in the way she shares it all.” - Amanda Soule, Author of The Creative Family and Handmade Home, Found of the popular blog Soule Mama
 
“These four excellent books in the Homemade Living series offer great information on each subject for both beginners and intermediate users.” – Library Journal
 

“Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list!...Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.” -Re-Nest

Keeping Bees is one in a series of books from author Ashley English for the Homemade Living line. Each one (Home Dairy, Keeping Chickens, and Canning & Preserving) presents detailed, but accessible, information for the urban homesteader...These books are adorable and chock-full of info, too. This volume provides the bee basics, but then goes on to discuss things to consider before raising bees (your neighbors, allergies, pets and kids, legal ramifications, etc.), how to house them (and where), feeding options, equipment must-haves, where to purchase them and how to maintain a healthy hive, and, of course, their magical byproduct: honey (along with recipes to try!)...It also includes checklists, as well as suggestions for requeening, preventing a swarm, dividing the hive and more.” --Urban Farm

“English's warm, encouraging tone, along with plenty of detailed photos of every stage of the process, make this book a must-have for novice beekeepers...I highly recommend Keeping Bees with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More to anyone who is considering keeping bees. It gives you a good idea of what to expect, so you can decide if you want to take the next step toward beekeeping.” --About.com Organic Gardening

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600596261
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Homemade Living Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 462,309
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR ASHLEY ENGLISH has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. She is a member of Slow Food USA and works with non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She has a popular clip on YouTube (http://tiny.cc/FvOH1; is a regular contributor to the popular blog Design*Sponge (with 308,000 regular readers); and maintains her own blog at http://small-measure.blogspot.com. Ashley and her husband currently reside in CANDLER, NORTH CAROLINA.
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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Wonderful book for anyone interested in beekeeping!

    Are you fascinated by bees? Are you moving down the ever-popular path towards self-sufficiency, and want to learn more about keeping bees on your own property (whether you live in the country or not)? Do you love looking at lovely photographs, trying new amazing recipes and learning a thing or two at the same time? Then this book is for YOU.

    Inside this beautiful book you will find information on bee culture, types of hives, what equipment you'll need, how to obtain bees, how to take care of health issues and much more!

    Beekeeping information, for the most part, is universal. There are certain things that just are. Most books are very dry, with minimal photos and lackluster appearance. More technical than beautiful. Some books are beautiful, but haven't got adequate information to truly be helpful. Ashley's book covers both sides of the spectrum! Well organized, beautifully photographed and wonderfully written, this book has a permanent place in our beekeeping library.

    My husband, who is a hobbyist beekeeper, glanced through the book and said thoughtfully, "Wow, Ashley really does a great job with these books!" (And coming from him, that is a high compliment!)

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