Author(s): Paul Peacock
More popular than ever, beekeeping is a fascinating craft that is fun to learn and the perfect antidote to the stress of modern life. This practical guide covers everything a new beekeeper needs to know, from buying equipment to harvesting your very own honey. With clear, step-by-step instructions on handling and checking your bees, helpful tips and advice on keeping them healthy and productive and also featuring a collection of tempting honey-based recipes for you to try, Keeping Bees contains everything a modern beekeeper should know.
- Expertly written and packed with practical tips and step-by-step advice. - Beekeeping is experiencing a surge in popularity. The British Beekeepers Association has seen an 11% increase in its membership in the last two years (from 9,900 to 11,000).
Paul Peacock is a keen beekeeper and gardener and has published articles for numerous magazines and newspapers, including Country Life and The Guardian. He is editor of Grow It! magazine.
Introduction Why keep bees? * Are bees for you? The honey bee: A history of beekeeping * Types of bee * Anatomy and life cycle of the honey bee * Bee foods and pollination. The hive: Types of hive * Parts of the hive * The beekeeper's toolkit. Getting started: Setting up a hive * Where to keep bees? * Urban beekeeping Where to get bees? * Introducing a swarm . Bee care: Opening and checking your hive * Feeding * Controlling and preventing swarming * Re-queening * Pests and diseases. Honey and other products: How to harvest your honey * Beeswax * Candles and cosmetic creams * Propolis. The bee garden: Bees and your garden * Bees and biodiversity. The beekeeper's year: Checklist for Spring * Summer * Autumn * Winter. Recipes: A selection of delicious recipes using your homemade honey. Glossary . Index.