If you've ever thought about becoming a backyard beekeeper – or have already tried a hand at it and want to be better one – then this is the book for you! In Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition you'll find everything you need to know in order to start your own colony, including how to assemble and maintain beehives, handle every phase of honey production, purchase and use all the latest tools, and what to do beyond your first season.
This hands-on guide provides all the tools, tips, tricks, and techniques needed to become a real backyard beekeeper. You'll learn to identify the queen from her workers and drones, properly open and close the hive, distinguish one type of honey from another, and preserve your colony if disaster should strike.
- Keep bees on a small urban rooftop or in a large country yard
- Assemble your own hive and sustain it for years to come
- Safely inspect and manage your colony
- Harvest and sell your own honey
Becoming a backyard beekeeper isn't as hard as people think – and with this hands-on guide, you'll be able to create one honey of a colony that will have the neighbors buzzing.
Howland Blackiston has been a backyard beekeeper since 1984. He's written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs. He is also the author of Building Beehives For Dummies, which provides detailed instructions on how to build hives from scratch.