192 pages, 50-75 illustrations
A charming and practical guide for anyone wishing to keep bees, accompanying the would-be beekeeper through every season of the bee-keeping year. From spring awakening and summer swarms to the autumn honey harvest and providing winter protection, this essential resource guides you each step of the way. There is extensive advice for beekeeping beginners, from siting and smoking your hives to rearing a queen and controlling your swarm. There is also in-depth information for improvers and more experienced apiarists who wish to experiment with different hive-management and queen-rearing techniques. Troubleshooting tips on protecting your hives and keeping your bees healthy are also covered. The book is also packed with practical advice on using beeswax, as well as, of course, extracting and making the tastiest honey.
A book that is well worth the price
by Kapena Nemo in the United States (12/12/2012)
Brown's book is a must have for beekeepers along the U.S. Atlantic coast.
I dropped off a star because its illustrations while clear and easy to understand aren't in colour.
But it is a book which will get use worn regardless, because you can either go to a subject and pick out what you need, or just poke about from time to time and find well thought out information for beekeeping.
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Ron Brown (OBE) had over 30 years experience of keeping bees, both in Britain and central Africa. A former editor of the monthly journal Beekeeping, he travelled all over the world to give lectures on specialist beekeeping topics, and regularly lectured on beekeeping throughout the UK.