Beekeeping For Dummies

Beekeeping For Dummies

by Howland Blackiston

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The single best and most comprehensive guide for prospective, new and experienced hobbyist beekeepers

Beekeeping For Dummies, 5th Edition, is one of the most popular titles in the For Dummies series available today. Including the latest information regarding every aspect of backyard beekeeping and honey production, this book describes how to get started, how to care for and safely handle bees, and how to maintain healthy and productive colonies.

This book is loaded with up-to-date, practical examples and helpful illustrations of proven techniques and strategies for both new and seasoned hobbyist beekeepers. Some of the updates for this brand-new edition include:

  • New information regarding the critical role that nutrition plays in the health and productivity of your bees
  • News about the latest beekeeping products, medications, and all-natural remedies
  • Information regarding dozens of helpful beekeeping resources
  • Redeemable coupons from beekeeping suppliers that save the reader money

Beekeeping For Dummies embodies the straightforward and simple approach made famous by the For Dummies series. Each and every reader will benefit from its accessible and approachable take on beekeeping.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119702580
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Edition description: 5th ed.
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 672,390
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Howland Blackiston is the president and co-owner of, and a beekeeper with over 20 years experience. He is a well known media advocate for keeping bees.

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Table of Contents



PART I: Falling in Love with a Bug.

Chapter 1: To Bee or Not to Bee?

Chapter 2: Life Inside the Honey Bee Hive.

PART II: Starting Your Adventure.

Chapter 3: Alleviating Apprehensions and Making Decisions.

Chapter 4: Basic Equipment for Beekeepers.

Chapter 5: Obtaining and Installing Your Bees.

PART III: Time for a Peek.

Chapter 6: Opening Your Hive.

Chapter 7: Knowing What to Look For.

Chapter 8: Different Seasons, Different Activities.

PART IV: Common Problems & Simple Solutions.

Chapter 9: Anticipating and Preventing Potential Problems.

Chapter 10: Diseases and Remedies.

Chapter 11: Honey Bee Pests.

PART V: Sweet Rewards.

Chapter 12: Getting Ready for the Golden Harvest.

Chapter 13: Honey Harvest Day.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Fun Things to Do with Bees.

Chapter 15: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Bee Behavior.

Chapter 16: My Ten Favorite Honey Recipes.

Appendix A: Helpful Resources.

Appendix B: Beekeeper's Checklist.



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Beekeeping For Dummies is a honey of a book on an increasingly popular hobby. For both enjoyment and profit, beekeeping has become a booming enterprise. This easy-to-follow guide removes the mystery from this pastime. Realize the benefits of keeping bees, from aiding the environment to enjoying homemade honey and wax products.

Beekeeping For Dummies includes detailed, full-color photographs that show how to install a package of bees in your hive, what to expect from your bees (they are incredibly well-tempered during swarming!), and how to spot-and solve-common beekeeping problems.

Beekeeping For Dummies was written by Howland Blackiston, expert beekeeper and the president and co-owner of

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