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You don't need acres of secluded gardens to be able to keep bees—hives can be found on many an urban rooftop, inner-city balcony or mounted on walls in the strangest of places. Keeping Bees and Making Honey covers everything you need to consider before you set up your colony—including when and how to tell the neighbors.

Packed with images, information, practical advice, recipes and gardening tips, Keeping Bees and Making Honey is the ideal companion for every aspiring beekeeper.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715328101
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 5/16/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Alison Benjamin is a Guardian journalist. She writes on environmental issues and social affairs and currently edits The Guardian's environment website. Brian McCallum is a designer, builder and yachtsman. Alison and Brian—who now studies apiculture—have many hives in different locations across London. Their blog, www.urbanbees.co.uk provides a fascinating insight into beekeeping in the city.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Understanding bees     8
History     10
Bee species     12
The caste system     14
The anatomy of a honey bee     15
The birth cycle     16
The life cycle     17
What to consider     18
Space     20
Children     24
Routine     25
Housing your bees     28
How a hive works     30
Different types of hives     32
Hive components     36
What you'll need     40
The kit     42
Where and when to get your bees     46
Getting your bees     48
Making your bees feel at home     52
Transferring your bees     54
What's in the hive     56
Pollen     60
Adding supers     62
Gardening for bees     64
Gardens and flowers     66
All about honey     72
How bees make honey     74
How much honey     78
How to harvest honey     82
How to jar honey     86
How to show honey     87
Selling your honey     88
Honey in folklore     89
Bees in winter     90
Preparing for winter     92
Second year     96
The start of the second year     98
Swarming     100
Bee products     104
Beeswax     106
Beeswax candles     108
Cosmetics     110
Recipes     112
Health and care     118
Prevention and cure     120
Glossary     124
Index and Picture credits     126
Useful addresses, links and acknowledgments     128
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