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The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Invite bees into your backyard to help out with pollinating the garden, provide crafting materials, or just help the Earth with The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated

The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and
Paperback, 3rd, 208 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Quarry Books (first published May 1st 2014)
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Caleb Anderson
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and interesting. A great guide to starting beekeeping. Will definitely have to refer back to this book when I start myself.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
The information was great but the writing was poor. You should not start using jargon until you have defined it. I didn't really understand what a super was until half way through the book. The organization was poor too and hard to follow. A more logical progression would have made the good information flow better and made it easier to follow. Lastly, the corny phrases and attempts at wit fell short and even some of the grammar was poor. Isn't there an editor for that kind of stuff? I'll look ...more
Amy Pfleegor
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think there is still much to be learned, but this book is very informative about much that has been learned.
Michael Lawrie
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This books is hugely informative for the newbie beekeeper or beekeeper hopeful, like myself. I first red Beekeeping for Dummies by Blackiston then this. It's a good sequence. This book had more detail and more information but would have been unbalanced without Blackiston's input from the Dummies book.

The two authors take slightly different approaches with Flottum perhaps the more negative (perhaps realistic?) regarding the difficulty of keeping bees alive over winter, free from disease/pests
Jen Underwood
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmmm....i'm really torn about this beginner's guide. I read "Beekeeping for Dummies" first and i felt super inspired and ready to take on the challenge of becoming a beekeeper. This book i felt like had an unsuspecting negative undertone. It focused more on all the things that can and will go wrong instead of the joys of beekeeping. Of course there will be challenges along the way but page after page of issues and hurdles didn't have me as excited any more. I was left a little bummed by the end ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
LOTS of information. I would not recommend it as being the first book you read before keeping bees. Almost too much information for a beginner and you will be convinced that there is absolutely no point and at best you will be an utter failure and at worst, miserable as you fail.... That said, it appeals to my doom and gloom view and once you get past the idea of failing your bees and get that hive going, this is definitely a good book to have on your shelf.
Rachel Cunning
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent resource for those starting out in beekeeping or those looking to brush up on their hive management practices. I wrote a thorough review for Keeping Backyard Bees, make sure to check it out!

Tom Bilcze
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a new beekeeper. I was gifted this book and found it extremely helpful. It is well written and very comprehensive. I found it to be organized well and written in a way a novice can understand and use it. If you are looking for a book to start exploring the world of beekeeping, this is one you should buy.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good book if you plan to have bees for pets!
I feel you need to read this book TWICE only because, occasionally, there are concepts/terms that get mentioned only to be followed by a much detailed context later.
I am sure I will be using this book as a reference many times in the years to come.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
There was a lot of information in this guide. However, the author's smug tone and general doomsday version of beekeeping was very off putting. I got the impression that she had to deal with many of these pests and maladies and it left a bad taste.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to use as a reference. Good title - does not live up to it. Too many research and big city references without bringing it into my backyard.
Justin Hill
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent content organized in an unsatisfying way.
Tarah Luke
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for beginning beekeepers! Lots of info and helpful resources.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Learned a lot, print is difficult for me to read.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent for anyone getting into beekeeping! All grounds covered from biology, husbandry, to using the wax. Seemed easy to understand for a beginner.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think it is a great reference, but time and experience will be the judge of that.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I've come back to this book when things go wrong with my bees. Quite useful, a lot of information that has been quite educational to me a novice beekeeper.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book about beekeeping to be a highly motivating, educational, and thorough. There were step-by-step explanations, interesting histories, and loads of pictures to help you visualize the act of beekeeping. This is certainly a beginner's essential book for starting up. There's a lot of discussion about types of bees, types of hives, and the various health challenges faced by bees these days. The instructions are a bit heavy on artificial feeding and use of chemical treatments of bees ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Glossy pages with crisp, colour photographs make this a useful book. Value is limited because of focus on Langstroth hives. Cover mention of top bar hives is a cheat, there is only a cursory mention of their existence, so don't buy for that. I will follow up with his Honey Handbook since he does share more information in this one than I have seen before about harvesting from hives, including properties and variations in wax.
Ahmad Abdi
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: honey-beekeeping
This was a great book to read, i have already been keeping bees for some time but the book added a lot of useful hints and some were totally new to me.

i absolutely loved the 25 Beekeeping Rules, really important to keep in mind at all times.
Jeremy Hull
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good beginners guide to keeping bees. Has some very good information. A great book for your beekeeping library.
Annette McIntyre
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fanatastic book that really covers what is involved in being a backyard beekeeper.
Betzy Ortiz
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Resource!!

Excellent photos. Useful information for people starring with bees. The more complete book I have seen in the theme. Good job!!
The Phantom Of The Apiary
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a very good book for the beginning beekeeper. One of the better ones available.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of good detailed info. for beginners, especially good photos. My middle-aged eyes didn't like that the text is so tiny!
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots of good information for beginners.
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