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Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees
by Norman Gary
Bee keeping isn't just for the professional farmer?bees can be kept in any situation from the simple backyard patio and garden to large expanses of farm land. This comprehensive and attractive beekeeping guide, from Hobby Farm Press, the same people who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazine, Beekeeping takes readers from finding their bees, housing them, colle...more
ebook, 177 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Hobby Farm Press
(first published November 23rd 2010)
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This book is great, but I have to say it kind of left me wanting to read beekeeping for dummies, and I hate those books, but I almost want the info simplified. This book goes into so much detail, it is the embodiment of all I don't know about beekeeping. And I know it's not a book-learning kind of thing. We are totally inexperienced and, after reading this book, now I am intimidated. Of course David said if you have a mentor it's easy. We're ready to get started, but it's a lot of work. Maybe wh...more
I've always wanted to know about beekeeping, and I found this book a fascinating and entertaining read. It was really interesting to learn about the bees' life cycle, why they swarm, and how beekeeper's manage a hive in order to get honey. I'd like to see it in action sometime, but I can see that beekeeping is a lot of work, and something you have to experience in order to learn how to do well. But I already suspected that. I really loved the great pictures in this book too.
I bought this book after reading an article in the newspaper. I'm currently getting back into keeping a few chickens and thought I might enjoy trying something new. I feel a little discouraged after reading the first couple chapters. I can see that this project will take more than I can get from a book, but I am still hopeful that I may read this book slowly over the winter and see how I feel once spring gets closer. I also plan to visit a beekeeping store.
Mar 28, 2012 Arminzerella rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Norman Gary has been working bees (and studying them) for over 60 years and this book he has written for the honey bee hobbyist offers a lot of valuable tips for folks who are just getting started keeping bees. He shares both a wealth of information (without scaring readers off) and his sense of humor (there are some very quotable moments in this book). Sharp photographs and detailed illustrations enhance the text. A good overview.
my first intro book to bee keeping - certainly a good book to get you going on the lingo to bee keeping more to follow so seeing how this is my first deep read i'm not sure how to rate it. lots of pictures to help visualize the topic and understand where to go for further reading.
Very helpful book for a starting beekeeper. The author is a little bit corny at times in his attempt to add humor to a non-fiction book but the information is easy to understand with plenty of photos for you to review before checking your hive.