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Popular Farming Series: Beekeeping

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The 20,000 to 50,000 bees in a hive during the summer contribute most of the work toward creating honey, but knowledgeable beekeepers can help them along the way. Whether you’re a beeginner or an experienced bee-handler, Beekeeping will help you in your goal of keeping the honeybees in your hive healthy and productive.

What You’ll Find
Bee Basics: It is important to know how bees work before installing them into a backyard hive. Learn what queen, worker and drone bees do; how honey is made; and why bees sting, swarm and reproduce.

Keeping Counsels: Find out about the equipment you will need, how to correctly install a package of bees into a hive, ways to ensure a healthy hive and beekeeping restrictions to watch for. Use the month-by-month beekeeping schedule to learn what to do and when and follow our expert advice when it comes time to harvest your honey.

Recipes: Included are 14 tasty recipes that utilize the honey from your hive.


Catch the Buzz
Beekeeping benefits human health and environmental sustainability. Discover how you can join in the hobby.
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

The Anatomy of a Hive
Have you wondered what goes on inside that buzzing box?
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

Gadgets and Gizmos Galore
Learn about essential beekeeping equipment.
By Kristina Mercedes Urquhart

Installation Information
Find out how to install your package of bees successfully into their new home.
By Kristina Mercedes Urquhart

Big Mama’s House
Raise a hearty queen for a flourishing, well-producing hive.
By Nancy Mann Jackson

Month-by-Month Beekeeping
This schedule breaks down the process into easy-to-follow tasks according to region.
By Amy Grisak

Year of a Hive
Mother Nature dictates what to do when.
By Amy Grisak

Bee Healthy
Pests and diseases might affect your hive, but there’s hope for survival.
By Kristina Mercedes Urquhart

Buzz Your Back Yard
Create the ideal garden to attract and sustain honeybees.
By Nancy Mann Jackson

The Powers that ‘Bee’
Before beginning your new hobby, find out about regulations that limit beekeeping.
By Samantha Johnson and Paulette Johnson

Sweet Results
Learn how to harvest the products of your hive, including honey and bee pollen.
By Debbie Swanson

Bounty from the Hive
The fruits of your bees’ (and your!) labor can create a variety of products to enjoy and sell.
By Samantha Johnson and Paulette Johnson

Nature’s Medicine Chest
Unlock the secret to better health with raw-honey home remedies.
By Tom Barthel, RN

Recipes: Sweet and Savory
Recipes for spinach salad with apple vinaigrette and honey-glazed walnuts, honey-almond ice-cream sandwiches, whole-wheat walnut and honey crackers; honey-roasted Moroccan carrots, sesame chicken skewers with honey-peanut sauce, and honey-berry pie
By Patricia Lehnhardt

Recipes: Just Desserts
Recipes for strawberry honey puffs; cherry, blackberry and honey tart; apple-honey cupcakes with honey-and-lemon-butter frosting; honey brownies; strawberry-honey sorbet; and banana-raspberry pudding
By Rhoda Peacher



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always wanted to know about bee keeping. This is great.
Is there anyway you can address bee keeping in the southwest. We have high temps in the summer and very few flowering plants.
Deborah, Yuma, AZ
Posted: 5/5/2013 4:22:11 PM
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