Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide To Keeping Stronger Colonies And Healthier, More Productive Bees

by Kim Flottum

Quarry Books | August 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback |

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"Better Beekeeping is the most lucid call to action ever written about land-based beekeeping."-Tammy Horn, author of Bees in America and Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market

"There are numerous beekeeping books on the shelves that instruct on ''how to,'' but Better Beekeeping is a book that explores ''why to,'' which is essential for this ever-changing world of beekeeping today."-Jennifer Berry, research coordinator at the University of Georgia''s Honey Bee Research Lab, commercial queen and nuc producer, and columnist for Bee Culture magazine

Backyard beekeepers everywhere agree: a successful colony is a thing of beauty.

Thousands of beekeepers have started beekeeping thanks to Kim Flottum''s first book, The Backyard Beekeeper, and they have added to their repertoire of skills with The Backyard Beekeeper''s Honey Handbook. Now, Better Beekeeping answers the question, "What do I do now that I''m a beekeeper?" This book takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages and learning curves and offers solutions and rewards for keeping bees a better way. Better queens, better winters, better food, and better bees await any beekeeper willing to take on the challenge of having the right number of bees, of the right age, in the right place, in the right condition, at the right time.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 8.27 × 10.24 × 0.39 in

Published: August 1, 2011

Publisher: Quarry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1592536522

ISBN - 13: 9781592536528

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Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide To Keeping Stronger Colonies And Healthier, More Productive Bees

Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide To Keeping Stronger Colonies And Healthier, More Productive Bees

by Kim Flottum

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 Pages, 8.27 × 10.24 × 0.39 in

Published: August 1, 2011

Publisher: Quarry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1592536522

ISBN - 13: 9781592536528

About the Book

Backyard beekeepers everywhere agree, a successful colony is a thing of beauty.

Thousands of beekeepers have started beekeeping thanks to Kim Flottum's first book, The Backyard Beekeeper, and they have added to their repertoire of skills with The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook. Now, Better Beekeeping answers the question, "What do I do now that I'm a beekeeper?"

The essential theme is simple: If you produce the right number of bees of the right age at the right time in the right place in the right condition you will be successful.

To accomplish this requires making intelligent decisions in the beeyard, sound planning, tuning into nature, and balancing biology and business savvy. There are not a lot of how-to instructions hidden within this, but there's a lot of real-world study, smart, intuitive thinking, and setting of goals.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Growing Your Operation: How Big Do You Want to Get? Trading Time for Money Buy Preassembled Frames Planning Ahead Saves Time and Money (But You Knew That) Use It Up, Wear It Out Business Goals and Bigger Pictures: 1. Where Are You Now? 2. Where Do You Want to Be? 3. How Will You Get There? Buying Equipment Standardization and Value The Mercy Buy Places to Put More Bees Breakthrough: Lease Land for Beeyards Expanding Your Honey House New Ways to Expand More Better Honey Chapter 2: A New Look at Honey Production, or if Muhammad Won’t Come to the Mountain... What It Once Was and Why It Changed How Beekeeping Changed More Change: Honey Money A Price to Be Paid Non-Agricultural Areas Expanding Natural Bloom Early Nectar Crops, Then Farm Crops Migratory Beekeeping for Nectar Crops Planning a Honey Crop Types of Honey Crops Planting Perennial Shrubs and Bushes Long-Term, Permanent Plantings Growing Your Own, with Help Other Cost Considerations How Much Land Is Required? Working with Landowners with Lots of Land Costs per Acre More Land: Bigger, Better, More Complicated Recommended Plantings for Honey Bees Shrubs and Bushes Cover Crops Wildflowers Permanent Plantings This Land Is My Land, This Land Is Your Land Types of Contracts Chapter 3: Royalty: Finding the Best Queen There Is Royal Lineage The Queens We Can Get What Do You Want from Your Bees? Know What You Want Hybrids Survivor Queens What Kind of Beekeeper Are You? What Kind of Beekeeper Are You,
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"Better Beekeeping is the most lucid call to action ever written about land-based beekeeping."-Tammy Horn, author of Bees in America and Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market

"There are numerous beekeeping books on the shelves that instruct on ''how to,'' but Better Beekeeping is a book that explores ''why to,'' which is essential for this ever-changing world of beekeeping today."-Jennifer Berry, research coordinator at the University of Georgia''s Honey Bee Research Lab, commercial queen and nuc producer, and columnist for Bee Culture magazine

Backyard beekeepers everywhere agree: a successful colony is a thing of beauty.

Thousands of beekeepers have started beekeeping thanks to Kim Flottum''s first book, The Backyard Beekeeper, and they have added to their repertoire of skills with The Backyard Beekeeper''s Honey Handbook. Now, Better Beekeeping answers the question, "What do I do now that I''m a beekeeper?" This book takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages and learning curves and offers solutions and rewards for keeping bees a better way. Better queens, better winters, better food, and better bees await any beekeeper willing to take on the challenge of having the right number of bees, of the right age, in the right place, in the right condition, at the right time.

About the Author

After receiving a degree in production horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Kim Flottum began a career in honey bee pollination research with the USDA and a life-long interest in the multifaceted hobby and business of beekeeping. He next used his acquired skills to raise apples and vegetables in Connecticut, before moving to Medina, Ohio, in 1986 to become editor of the 132-year-old magazine, Bee Culture.



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