The Backyard Beekeeper

The Backyard Beekeeper
  • Flottum, Kim (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages – 01/02/2018 (Publication Date) – Quarry Books (Publisher)

Title: “The Backyard Beekeeper, 4th Edition: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden”

Author: Kim Flottum

Publisher: Quarry Books

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Book Overview:

“The Backyard Beekeeper” is a comprehensive guide that makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime. It caters to both urban and rural beekeepers of all skill levels.

Content and Features:

The book is more than a guide to beekeeping. It offers expert advice on various aspects of beekeeping:

  • Setting Up and Caring for Your Own Colonies: The book provides a step-by-step guide on how to set up and care for your own bee colonies, making it easy for beginners to get started.
  • Selecting the Best Location: It guides readers on choosing the best location to place new bee colonies for the safety of both the bees and the beekeeper.
  • Practical and Non-Toxic Bee Care: The book advocates for the most practical and non-toxic ways to care for bees, promoting a healthy and sustainable beekeeping practice.
  • Swarm Control: It provides insights into swarm control, an essential aspect of beekeeping.
  • Using Top Bar Hives: The book introduces readers to the use of top bar hives, a popular choice for many beekeepers.
  • Harvesting Beehive Products and Using Honey: Readers will learn how to harvest the products of a beehive and the collection and usage of honey.
  • Bee Problems and Treatments: The book covers common bee problems and their treatments, preparing beekeepers for potential challenges.
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What’s New in the 4th Edition:

The 4th edition of “The Backyard Beekeeper” includes new information specifically for urban beekeepers. It also provides guidance on using your smoker the right way, better pest management techniques, and tips on providing consistent and abundant good food for your bees. The book emphasizes the importance of keeping your hives healthy, ensuring your bees are happy and productive.

Book Specifications:

The book has 240 pages and its dimensions are 8.13 x 0.75 x 10.13 inches. The ISBN-10 is 1631593323 and the ISBN-13 is 978-1631593321.

With “The Backyard Beekeeper,” readers have a complete resource at their fingertips, enriched with the expert advice of Bee Culture editor Kim Flottum. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in starting their beekeeping journey or those looking to enhance their existing knowledge and skills.

The Backyard Beekeeper, 4th Edition: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
  • Flottum, Kim (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages – 01/02/2018 (Publication Date) – Quarry Books (Publisher)

My Opinion

Kim Flottum’s The Backyard Beekeeper, now into its 4th edition, has proven so enduringly popular because so-called “backyard beekeeping” is pretty much the ideal entry into the world of apiculture for the majority of beekeepers who have neither the land nor the intention needed to set up a major profitable apiary. It is also popular because it is an excellent book.

First off, the book truly is for all. In fact, Flottum manages to effect such a successful synthesis of clearly outlined basics and expert knowledge that this book will appeal to backyard beekeepers of all skill levels. The book is also a visual and physical delight. Large, easy to read and wieldy in the field, it is also illustrated throughout in rich photographic color.

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The book is a fine overview, containing information on equipment, seasonal duties, and much information specific to small apiaries. The only drawback is sadly inevitable for a book of this kind; regardless of all the useful information herein, where your backyard happens to be located is of very great importance – something that unfortunately cannot be covered here. Used in conjunction with local info from your local beekeeping association though, this is a winning book.

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