Keeping Bees with a Smile: Principles and Practice of Natural Beekeeping
ISBN: 0865719276
EAN13: 9780865719279
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 7, 2020
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 0.9448819" H x 8.976378" L x 6.023622" W
Weight: 1.384503 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Keeping Bees with a Smile: Principles and Practice of Natural Beekeeping

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Book Overview

THE UPDATED BESTSELING GUIDE TO LAID-BACK BEKEPING FOR AL, NATURALY!

This book should be on every beekeeper's bookshelf.
-- HANK WIL, author, Plowing with Pigs, Editorial Director, Mother Earth News

Learn about natural methods of beekeeping with minimal work and no boxes to lift.
-- MICHAEL BUSH, author, The Practical Beekeeper

IN THE SECOND EDITION of the bestselling beekeeping guide Keeping Bees with a Smile, Fedor Lazutin, one of Europe's most successful natural beekeepers, shares the bee-friendly approach to apiculture that is fun, healthful, rewarding, and accessible to all. This new edition includes dozens of color photographs, new hive management techniques, and an updated version of Lazutin hive plans. Additional coverage includes:

  • Keeping bees naturally without interfering in their lives
  • Starting an apiary for free by attracting local bee swarms
  • Building low-maintenance hives that mimic how bees live in nature
  • Keeping colonies healthy and strong without any drugs or sugar
  • Helping bees to overwinter successfully even in harsh climates
  • Enhancing local nectar plant resources
  • Producing truly natural honey without robbing the bees
  • Reversing the global bee decline.right in your backyard! Read More chevron_right

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   No swarm trap plans!
I loved this book so much! It teaches a great, simple and natural way to catch bees and how to train wild local bees to get you started. I ordered this, the newer edition, and put it on my shelf since I have read about half of one of the earlier editions that did have the plans in it. Now that the weather is beginning to warm up here, I decided to take a look at the plans to see what tools and supplies I would need only to discover that they are missing from this volume! Then it was sad! These plans will be brought back!
 
5
   Very informative, Excellent resource
This book is stuffed with useful information and is an excellent resource for beekeepers. The book explains the benefits of using horizontal hive versus the common stacked white boxes. The commercial boxes are fine for white beekeepers who will store their hive in Florida, Texas or Southern California and need to be able to stack hundreds of hive on trailers. The natural hive replicates more of the bees horizontal environment and is MUCH easier to maintain for the beekeeper. Every year, more and more long-term beekeepers switch from the stacked boxes to the horizontal boxes, as the word of their superiority gets around. This is an excellent book for the experienced beekeeper and anyone thinking about starting in beekeeping just from the beginning, why not do it right from the start?
 
5
   Has many new updates on keeping bees naturally.
I had already the first edition of this book. But I have to say that it is worth getting the new updated second edition.
 
5
   Interesting resource book
Very interesting, easy to read, great illustrations and photos. Very natural resource for good bee keepers.
 
5
   Must read!
Traditional book teaching alternatives to excellent hive systems. Free plans in the appendix are worth the price of the book alone, let alone the season by season explanation of what to do to care for the bees.
 
5
   Great book about bees and bee keeping.
I really like that this book is a natural way of raising bees in a sensible way, and does not interfere with the cycle of nature. A practical approach to letting bees do what they do and have a bounty to share if they are successful. A better way for breeding bees is by making them fit into a style of living not designed by them, but by trying to maximize their honey production. One of the best books I have read on beekeeping.
 
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   Not a guide on how to keep bees
This book is about WHY you should keep bees in a natural way, not necessarily HOW to keep bees. The plans on horizontalhive. com don 't match the dimensions in this book, so the few guides here don 't really work, as the two don 't mesh very well.
 
5
   Bible of the Natural BeeKeeping Movement
Dr. Leo, thank you for bringing this translation to us! Very common-sense, readable approach to BeeKeeping.
 
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