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Bee Keeping Books

These books will help get you off to a good start keeping bees and enjoying your own honey

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   Starting with Bees

By: Peter Gordon

Step-by-step instructions take the newcomer through each stage, with photographs and illustrations to further clarify the techniques. This is an essential guide for the beginner during the first few years of beekeeping and exceptional value

Written for those who are new to beekeeping, this book aims to clarify the essential procedures that are associated with the subject.

   Complete and Easy Guide to Beekeeping: A Fascinating Reference with Recipes

By: Kim Flottum

This book isn't just a guide to beekeeping or a honey cookbook - it's both. No other book on the market provides an in-depth review of beekeeping and explains what honey is good for you and how to use it.

Beautifully illustrated, Complete and Easy Guide to Beekeeping is perfect for the health conscious person who wants to sweeten up their life by saying no to processed sugars and yes to eating organic, healthy food. This book is the complete 'honey bee' resource with general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of beekeeping and how to set up, care for and harvest your own hives. It also includes tons of fun facts and projects that are beerelated.

The second half of the book is the complete guide to honey. It reviews the different types of honey and their health effects and provides hundreds of ideas for using honey in recipes, cosmetically in facemasks and shampoos, and for medicinal uses.

   Teach Yourself Beekeeping

By: Adrian Waring

A very readable introduction to bee keeping. Well set out concentrating on the basics. I cannot imagine keeping bees without using this book. - Amazon Review

   A Practical Manual of Beekeeping: How to Keep Bees and Develop Your Full Potential as an Apiarist

By: David Cramp

Intended for both new and experienced beekeepers, this invaluable and highly illustrated volume provides answers to virtually every beekeeping question.Nicely written and highly informative by someone who evidently has an immense amount of experience and knowledge and who is happy to share it without ever becoming dogmatic.

   Keeping Bees and Making Honey

By: Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum

A comprehensive and attractive lifestyle guide to beekeeping - from finding your bees to getting them home, housing them, collecting honey and using their produce. It includes a detailed look at the history of bees and beekeeping, and an extensive introduction to help you to fully understand your bees and keep them happy.

   Guide to Bees and Honey

By: Ted Hooper

An excellent all-round guide to beekeeping.

If you are looking for a good book to get started and still be useful to you when your beekeeping knowledge has increased then this is the one for you.

   Beekeeping - A Practical Guide

By: Roger Patterson

The author, Roger Patterson, has been keeping bees since he was 15, back in 1963, a demonstrator and lecturer he is also British Beekeepers Association Trustee. This chap knows his stuff!

Not only does he have a huge knowledge of beekeeping, he knows how to write in a clear way that makes the complex understandable. His sense of humour keeps popping through which makes this one of the most readable technical books I have ever read.


   Beekeeping for Dummies

By: Howland Blackiston

I always thought that the Howells series were for techno dudes. So I was amazed to see this title. And what an excellent surprise it is. This is one of the best guides to the keeping of bees, anywhere in the world, I've read. It's informative, honest, helpful and entertaining. Thus making bee keeping an achievable and enjoyable pastime. Everyone should read this, even if you don't ever get the bees. - Amazon Reviewer


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