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Author: Kim Flottum


160 pages

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With this absolute beginner’s guide, learn how to set up your backyard hives, select and raise bees, and harvest honey, with the bonus of bringing pollinators to your yard and garden.

You’ve decided to try beekeeping—so where do you start? Beekeeping for Beginners, adapted from the best-selling The Backyard Beekeeper, covers everything you need to know, from selecting the right kind of hives and finding and bringing bees home to your yard to the collection and enjoyment of the glorious reward—golden honey. Rewarding and environmentally beneficial, reading this complete introductory guide is the first step in your journey to becoming a successful beekeeper, whether you decide to have one hive or twenty-five.

Renowned beekeeping expert Kim Flottum shares his vast knowledge from years of teaching beekeeping to all levels of enthusiasts for a no-fail approach to bringing a productive bee colony onto your property. Learning what you need to know to establish a vibrant bee colony is fun and easy, featuring diagrams and color photos.

The features that set Beekeeping for Beginners apart from other guides:

  • Simplified approach―Aimed at the beginner, the book covers everything you need to know in uncomplicated and accessible language, accompanied by full-color illustrative photography.
  • Up to date and organic―Learn details on the most current methods that make beekeeping sustainable and accessible even for the smallest yard and urban enthusiasts.
  • Learn from an expert―Complete information from a trusted voice in the beekeeping community will give you the tools and knowledge you need to enjoy confidently keeping bees.

This guide offers detailed instructions for:

  • Establishing and taking care of your new bees
  • Stress-free hive management 
  • Site selection and management 
  • Safety and swarm control 
  • Types of hives, including top bar hives
  • Harvesting, collecting, and processing honey
  • Keeping bees and hives healthy year-round in all climates 
  • Urban beekeeping
  • Smokers 101
  • Pest and disease management
  • Biodiversity and food for healthy hives

Learn everything you need to know to start your colony with this straightforward, highly visual guide for beginning beekeepers.

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