Have you ever considered beekeeping? With us looking at moving out of the suburb and into a place with more property, we have dreamed of having a large garden and orchard. Not just that, but we have hoped to keep bees and maybe chickens. While we have a family friend who has bees, we never considered it a real possibility until this year. Now, we are looking at various properties that would give us the room and are seriously researching. Luckily, we recently had the opportunity to review a book perfect for our situation – First Time Beekeeping: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping by Kim Flottum.
First Time Beekeeping: What Is It
Are you looking for a book to teach you everything you need to know about getting started with beekeeping? If so, we think you will love First Time Beekeeping: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping. Here is what the publisher has to say about this book:
This indispensable beekeeping reference—packed with helpful diagrams, color photos, and easy-to-follow yet thorough instruction—gently guides you through setting up and caring for your first colonies.
Are you an absolute beginner when it comes to keeping bees? With First Time Beekeeping, help is at hand. Featuring the sage advice of Bee Culture editor emeritus and best-selling author of The Backyard Beekeeper Kim Flottum, this is your step-by-step guide to healthy, happy, and productive hives.
This complete resource features expert beginner advice for:
- Setting up and caring for your own colonies
- Selecting the best location to place your new bee colonies for their safety and yours
- The most practical and nontoxic ways to care for your bees
- Harvesting the products of a beehive and collecting and using honey
- Bee problems and treatments
By following this advice, your colony or two of honey bees can pollinate the vegetables in your garden; produce wonderful honey and other beneficial products; and help your local ecosystem thrive. What could be sweeter?
Each book in the First Time series distills how-to guidance and advice from an expert on a specific topic into targeted step-by-step instruction geared toward the absolute beginner.
First Time Beekeeping: Our Thoughts
As someone fascinated by beekeeping, I admit that I was blown away by this book. It is filled with excellent information and helps anyone curious about keeping bees learn about the process. I love the information and beautiful pictures that go along with the detailed instructions, making it possible for just about anyone to have a hive. I also think it is fascinating how they discuss having a colony no matter your situation, even discussing having one that looks like outdoor furniture for those living in a suburban setting. As someone who was always overwhelmed by the thought, it makes me want to have a colony once we have purchased our new home and have a little more land for everything we desire. Overall, I recommend First Time Beekeeping to anyone on the fence about keeping bees.
First Time Beekeeping: Where to Purchase
Would you like to purchase this beekeeping book for yourself or someone who loves bees in your life? You can find First Time Beekeeping on Amazon.com for under $20. Who knew learning how to have your bee colony could be so fun?