Saturday, January 3, 2009

Keeping Bees and Making Honey by Alison Benjamin

It is estimated that around 70% of the food we eat is dependent upon pollination by bees and other insects. However, with bee populations worldwide on the decline due to factors such as intensive farming, urban sprawl and disease, their vital ecological role is under threat. The need for bees has never been more apparent.

Keeping Bees and Making Honey is a stunning, comprehensive guide to beekeeping, packed with images, information, practical advice, useful resources and even recipes. From understanding bees and their psychology to where to get them from, how to look after them on a day-to-day basis, how best to garden for them and suggestions on things to make with the wax and honey - everything the beekeeper and the entire family ever need to know is here.

Environmentally, there has never been a more important time to start beekeeping, nor is there a better antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Keeping Bees and Making Honey is the ideal companion as you add your share to the 1m tonnes of honey that are produced worldwide each year.

This was actually quite good! I was expecting a very simplistic book, which it is, but very informative as well. It's very user friendly and easy to read and the authors certainly seem to know what they're talking about. An added plus is that it's a UK book so you get a slightly different perspective. There are also tons of pictures, which make it even more enjoyable.

The book is certainly comprehensive - covering everything from IPM (Integrated Pest Management) to hive types to honey harvests. It's everything the other bee books tell you in half the space and more accessible.

This one definitely gets 8 stars if only for its ease of use and all the pictures!

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆


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