Fully revised and updated bestselling beginner's bee book, now with info on the Flow Hive and bee-friendly planting plus more on native bees.
Bees need our help. Under threat from insecticides and habitat loss, they're in decline the world over. It's time to show some love to our favourite pollinators, whether by installing a hive in your garden or on your rooftop, or simply by adding more bee-friendly plants to your patch. Backyard Bees is the bestselling Australian bee guide to walk you through everything you need to know, now fully revised and updated.
Author Doug Purdie offers friendly, expert advice on keeping happy, healthy bees and harvesting the liquid gold, including tips on choosing a hive and equipment, and an all-new chapter on the Flow Hive, the innovative beehive design that has taken beekeeping by storm. You'll also find case studies and anecdotes from beekeepers from all walks of life, and 20 delicious recipes for all that honey, from Toasted Honey Granola to Bees Knees Cocktails.
Not ready to keep bees? This edition also includes new chapters on supporting your local bee population without a hive, with tips for planting bee-friendly gardens and creating habitats and homes for solitary bees.
So join the beekeeping revolution. Once introduced to the charms of beekeeping and the taste of warm honeycomb direct from the hive, you'll be hooked.
Chapter 1: Why keep bees?
Chapter 2: The life of bees
Chapter 3: How to start
Chapter 4: Where to put your hives
Chapter 5: Equipment and how to prepare it
Chapter 6: Using a Flow Hive
Chapter 7: Beekeeping seasons: spring
Chapter 8: Beekeeping seasons: summer
Chapter 9: Beekeeping seasons: autumn
Chapter 10: Beekeeping seasons: winter
Chapter 11: Beehive management
Chapter 12: Bee health and diseases
Chapter 13: Not ready for bees? Here's how to help them.
Chapter 14: Bee homes for solitary bees
Chapter 15: Honey recipes and ideas for using beeswax