A Practical Guide to an Enjoyable Hobby Bee keeping isn’t just for the professional farmer―bees can be kept in any situation from simple backyards and rooftops to large expanses of farmland. Discover whether honey beekeeping is right for you, and find out everything you need to know to keep and acquire bees in this updated guide. Honey Bee Hobbyist, 2nd Edition will help novice beekeepers fully understand this exciting pastime. Dr. Norman Gary, a world-renowned honey bee expert and enthusiast, counsels beginners on all things honey bee related. He takes readers from finding bees and housing them to collecting honey and using their produce for pleasure and possible profit. With more than 100 fascinating color photographs and tips and tricks acquired over half a century of beekeeping, this practical handbook is your first step toward a wonderful and rewarding lifelong hobby. Honey Bee Hobbyist, 2nd Edition will show you how to: Start your own hive Understand the life and times of honey bees Care for your bees in each season and at every stage of life Expand your apiary Keep your neighbors happy Educate others about bees Get the most out of your new hobby
This is the easiest to use, most fundamental guide for beginning beekeepers I know of. All the critical first steps are explained. If you want to get started with bees, this book is the book for you. Plus, the ‘fun things to Do with Bees’ chapter is one of a kind!
Few people are more qualified to write a book explaining the fundamentals of bee biology and hive management than Dr. Norman Gary. This text is readable and practical, but most of all it is enjoyable. Due to Dr. Gary’s extensive bee-management skills, both new and experienced beekeepers can profit from the information in this colorful text. This is a solid how-to book that I could recommend to any beekeeper.
Now retired from an illustrious career as a bee researcher, educator, and Hollywood ‘bee wrangler’, Norm has condensed his vast knowledge, experience, and fascination with the honey bee into an easy-to-read handbook, appropriate for the total novice but with enough depth for the intermediate beekeeper….I highly recommend this book for the beginning beekeeper!