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

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, 10.25 × 8.12 × 0.5 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…

by Kim Flottum

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 10.25 × 8.12 × 0.5 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 MoneyBuy Preassembled FramesPlanning Ahead Saves Time and Money (But You Knew That)Use It Up, Wear It OutBusiness Goals and Bigger Pictures:1. Where Are You Now?2. Where Do You Want to Be?3. How Will You Get There?Buying EquipmentStandardization and ValueThe Mercy BuyPlaces to Put More BeesBreakthrough: Lease Land for BeeyardsExpanding Your Honey HouseNew Ways to ExpandMore Better HoneyChapter 2: A New Look at Honey Production, or if Muhammad Won’t Come to the Mountain... What It Once Was and Why It ChangedHow Beekeeping ChangedMore Change: Honey MoneyA Price to Be PaidNon-Agricultural AreasExpanding Natural BloomEarly Nectar Crops, Then Farm CropsMigratory Beekeeping for Nectar CropsPlanning a Honey CropTypes of Honey CropsPlanting Perennial Shrubs and BushesLong-Term, Permanent PlantingsGrowing Your Own, with HelpOther Cost ConsiderationsHow Much Land Is Required?Working with Landowners with Lots of LandCosts per AcreMore Land: Bigger, Better, More ComplicatedRecommended Plantings for Honey BeesShrubs and BushesCover CropsWildflowersPermanent PlantingsThis Land Is My Land, This Land Is Your LandTypes of ContractsChapter 3: Royalty: Finding the Best Queen There Is Royal LineageThe Queens We Can GetWhat Do You Want from Your Bees?Know What You WantHybridsSurvivor QueensWhat Kind of Beekeeper Are You?What Kind of Beekeeper Are You, Really?Buying QueensMated Production QueensUncapped Qu
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From the Publisher

"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.