Beekeeping is a great way to support our pollinators. Of course, raising honeybees isn’t easy! How do you build a beehive? Where do you buy honeybees? If you want answers to these questions, Beekeeping for Dummies can help!
Interested in raising honey bees? Beekeeping for Dummies is a friendly, practical guide to starting your own beehive. It includes expert tips for maintaining a healthy honeybee colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment.
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Beekeeping For Dummies
- Title: Beekeeping for Dummies
- Author: Howland Blackiston
- Publisher: Wiley Publishing
- ISBN: 978-0-470-43065-1
- Pages: 392 (paperback)
- Buy This Beekeeping Book!
Raising honey bees
About Howland Blackiston:
Howland Blackiston has more than 20 years experience keeping bees. He has written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including CNBC, CNN, NPR, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Blackiston has been a keynote speaker at conferences in more than 40 countries.
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Why Keep Bees?
- 60-80 lbs of honey per year! Plenty for you and your friends! Eat it, give it as a gift, or make a soothing honey milk bath for your skin.
- Pollination: 60% of fruit and vegetables rely on honey bees for pollination. Some people place them near gardens just for this reason. We would love to have a more productive garden. Check out this post on attracting beneficial insects to your garden for more info.
- You help the struggling honey bee. The honey bee has fallen on hard times recently, including a phenomenon that is not completely understood called “Colony Collapse Disorder.”
- If you love nature – most folks report that caring for and observing bees is incredibly relaxing and reduces stress. Make a DIY mason bee house if you don’t have room for a beehive.
- In addition to honey, bees make propolis, royal jelly and beeswax. Proplis is used for many ointments and varnish. Beeswax makes very desirable candles that burn for a long time but don’t drip or smoke. It is also used for furniture polish, skin cream, lip balm and more!
- Mead! This is wine fermented from honey instead of grapes. There are a lot of varieties and they can be fantastic. As a former beer brewer, I would love to give this a try.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.