Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities

Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities

by Luke Dixon
     
 

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Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities features everything an urbanite needs to know to start keeping bees: how to select the perfect hive, how to buy bees, how to care for a colony, how to harvest honey, and what to do in the winter. Urban beekeeping has particular challenges and needs, and this book highlights the challenges and presents practices that are

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Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities features everything an urbanite needs to know to start keeping bees: how to select the perfect hive, how to buy bees, how to care for a colony, how to harvest honey, and what to do in the winter. Urban beekeeping has particular challenges and needs, and this book highlights the challenges and presents practices that are safe, legal, and neighbor-friendly.

The text is rounded out with profiles of urban beekeepers from all over the world, including public hives at the Maryland Center for Horticulture, beekeeping on an office balcony in Melbourne, Australia, and a poolside hive at a hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

Country Living Ed
"It’s filled with great advice and practical tips on everything from looking after your colony and keeping it healthy to planting a bee friendly garden and harvesting your honey."

DC Honeybees Blog
"It’s filled with great advice and practical tips on everything from looking after your colony and keeping it healthy to planting a bee friendly garden and harvesting your honey."

The Republican Journal
"Providing…a wealth of encouragement and comprehensive practical guidance to the aspiring beekeeper."

New Life on a Homestead
"An excellent overview of both the challenges and opportunities of urban beekeeping."

The Ecologist
"Walks you step by step through the process of raising bees and harvesting honey with a contagious passion enough to make anyone consider placing a hive out back.”

Mother Earth News
“...a solid overview. A worthy supplement to any beekeeping collection.”

Beekeeping in Ontario blog
"Dixon shares his compelling account that describes how urban bees enjoy excellent health, help pollinate plants, produce rich and plentiful honey and make for a rewarding hobby."

From the Publisher
"This book is an excellent resource."

Library Journal
Dixon, a professional beekeeper in Soho, London, walks readers through the different types of bee boxes on the market, which species are best for keepers, a bee's life cycle inside a hive, the creatures' mating habits, and which plants stimulate healthy nectar production. Supported by vivid, full-color photographs, the book is rounded out with a section called "Reports from the Field," which includes firsthand accounts from urban and suburban beekeepers all over the world. While Dixon's passion for this contemplative hobby shines through in his prose, the book may not be comprehensive enough for complete beginners. For example, when listing different diseases that affect bees, he tells readers the best time of year to treat them, but, with the exception of the varroa mite, does not disclose how. A comprehensive resource list is included for those hoping to expand their bee education. VERDICT Dixon's descriptions of bee behavior (beehavior?) during each season create a solid overview. A worthy supplement to any beekeeping collection.—Erin Shea, Darien Lib., CT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692877
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,462,878
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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