Enjoy the time-honored tradition of beekeeping in your own backyard or urban rooftop with this accessible resource for beekeepers of all skill levels, now in its 5th edition.
More than a guide to beekeeping, The Backyard Beekeeper features expert advice for:
- Setting up and caring for your own colonies
- Selecting the best location to place your new bee colonies for their safety and yours
- The most practical and nontoxic ways to care for your bees
- Swarm control
- Using top bar hives
- Harvesting the products of a beehive and collecting and using honey
- Bee problems and treatments
New in this edition:
- Natural beekeeping techniques like insulating hives for the winter to mimic the advantages of bee homes in the wild
- Important new treatments for and updated info on the battle with Varroa mites
- How to deal with the new antibiotic recommendations for American foulbrood
- Introduction to new recordkeeping technology to consider
In addition to content updates to reflect the most recent research and technology in beekeeping, the book features a new design with larger, easier-to-read text, many new photos, and a more easily navigable structure.
With this complete reference and the expert advice of Bee Culture editor emeritus Kim Flottum, your bees will be healthy, happy, and more productive.
About the Author
Kim Flottum (d. 2023) brought a rich background of plant science, honey bee research, and basic farming to his 30 years as the editor of Bee Culture magazine, where his main occupation was finding the answers to the multitude of questions that beginning, intermediate, and even advanced and experienced beekeepers bring to the table. He taught beginning and advanced beekeeping courses, traveled extensively to educate and lecture, and contributed to a variety of other publications on the basics of honey bees and beekeeping biology, the business of bees and pollination, producing and using varietal honeys, and a host of other subjects. He was the author of The Backyard Beekeeper, First Time Beekeeping, In Business with Bees, and Common Sense Natural Beekeeping. His books, magazine articles, interviews, and blogs are widely read for both their fundamental and advanced contribution to beekeeping knowledge. He was beekeeping’s leading advocate for fundamental honey bee safety, including ensuring excellent honey bee health, providing extraordinary forage, and minimizing the use of agricultural pesticides.
What a great resource! Novice and experienced beekeepers alike will find The Backyard Beekeeper to be the perfect reference book. It is well laid out and easy to understand. I especially loved the "Rules of Modern Beekeeping." I plan to put the list of rules in my honey house to act as daily reminders.—Petra Ahnert, Founder of Beehive Alchemy and bestselling author of Beeswax Alchemy