The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
Beautifully illustrated, the Backyard Beekeeper is perfect for the health-conscious person who wants to sweeten up their life by saying no to processed sugars and yes to eating organic...more
Written by one of the most knowledgeable bee-men (or women) around, it has tons of color photos and other detailed information. In his inimitable laconic style, Flottum--also the editor of Bee Culture magazine--covers all the bases, from getting a hive, to getting bees, installing them, managing for pests, extracting honey. It's all there, even some recipies.
My quibbles are most of all, that Flottum ...more
My husband is starting a first hive with the help of a friend. I have a healthy respect for bees and a great interest in Not Getting Stung. So I bought this for me, and now I feel more comfortable of what not to do and what one can do, and he is also using it for a great reference.
When one of his trays had some malformed comb, he immediately found the probl ...more
Things I really liked about this book:
- The pictures were numerous, large, and full color. Since I am a new beekeeper with no human guidance, this gave me confidence to be able to correctly identify queen cups, va ...more
He did suggest ...more
If I had not been reading other books on beekeeping I would not have had the background to make sense of the almost random order to the presentation of the information. As an introductory book on the subject, it should have been much more logically laid out.
The information itself is very good; the color photographs provide a ...more
My only criticism of the book is that the author very clearly states in the beginning that his methods and recommendations are based on a beekeeping experience ...more
Having said all ...more
Would have liked more information on natural methods of beekeeping (organic rather than chemical treatments for mites, etc.). Well-organized, gorgeous phot ...more
Well written, for what it is. Apart from the actual beekeeping (hive repair, harvesting, et cetera) there are some interesting ideas as to what one should do with the honey and wax. So there's that.
Not that it matters. I'm not allowed.
For the record, I'm also not allowed to keep goats or pigs or a rooster. Or a miniature pony. Or a regular pony. So, I suppose, not having bees is ...more
I'm not wild about a system that encourages killing the queen bee each year, or medicating with no cause. Just don't think that Kim Flottum is the kind of beekeeper that I aim to be.
The ways to use beeswax and honey in the back had a ...more
Overall, I felt Ashley English's beekeeping book was a more simplistic and understandable read.