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100 Plants to Feed the Bees

100 Plants to Feed the Bees

$16.95

100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive

by The Xerces Society

PB 240 pages

The international bee crisis is threatening the global food supply. 100 Plants to Feed the Bees is a photo-driven guide that shows home gardeners how to be part of creating a more bee-friendly world with nectar- and pollen-rich plants. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers profiles of 100 common flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees that support bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. The recommendations are simple: pick the right plants, protect the pollinators from pesticides and provide abundant blooms throughout the growing season by mixing perennials with herbs and annuals! 100 Plants to Feed the Bees empowers homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers — anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box — to protect our pollinators.

Backyard Farm Keeping Bees

Backyard Farm Keeping Bees

$7.95

Backyard Farming: Keeping Honey Bees
by Kim Pezza

An ideal resource for the aspiring backyard beekeeper that provides a comprehensive introduction to starting hives and harvesting honey.

Paperback: 128 pages

Beekeeping

Beekeeping

$30.00

Beekeeping : Everything You Need to Know to Start your First Beehive

by Joachim Petterson

Hardcover 192 pgs

This multifaceted book offers insight into everything bee-related: pollination, gardening, beekeeping and recipes. Whether you’re a first-time beekeeper or looking to improve and expand your backyard beekeeping, this book is a must-have.

Beekeeping might seem exotic or old-fashioned, but around the world it is becoming more and more common to find a hive or two in urban spaces and suburban backyards. Some modern beekeepers are inspired by the desire to help out the frequently beleaguered creatures, others simply enjoy fresh honey from the most local of sources—the backyard garden. This book discusses your options for setting up a hive almost anywhere, how to plant a bee-friendly garden, and how to harvest and use your very own honey. Not only is it a great hobby, you’ll also be rewarded with a plentiful supply of honey that you can use in tea as well as for cooking, baking and perhaps even lip salve and skin cream.

First Time Beekeeping

First Time Beekeeping

$19.99

First Time Beekeeping : An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping – A Step-by-Step Manual to Getting Started with Bees

by Kim Flottum

Paperback 128 pgs

This absolute beginner's guide for first-time beekeepers will teach you how to set up and care for your first colonies, from choosing a location for your new bee colonies through natural bee care and harvesting beehive products.

This handbook 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

With this complete resource and the sage advice of Bee Culture editor emeritus and best-selling author of The Backyard Beekeeper Kim Flottum, your hives will be healthy, happy, and productive.

Our Native Bees

Our Native Bees

$25.95

Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them

by Paige Embry

Hardcover with dust jacket 224 pages

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture. The people and stories are compelling: Paige Embry goes on a bee hunt with the world expert on the likely extinct Franklin’s bumble bee, raises blue orchard bees in her refrigerator, and learns about an organization that turns the out-of-play areas in golf courses into pollinator habitats. Our Native Bees is a fascinating, must-read for fans of natural history and science and anyone curious about bees.

The Bee Book

The Bee Book

$25.00

The Bee Book

by Emma Tennant, Fergus Chadwick

Hardcover: 224 pages

If you are a gardener, you can be a beekeeper. The Bee Book shows you step-by-step how to create a bee-friendly garden, get started in beekeeping, and harness the power of honey for well-being.  Fully illustrated with full-color photographs throughout, this beautiful guide covers everything you need to know to start your own backyard hive, from setup to harvest. Practical beekeeping techniques are explained with clear step-by-step sequences, photos, and diagrams so you’ll be prepared to establish your own colony, deal with diseases, collect a swarm, and much more.

The Bee-friendly Garden

The Bee-friendly Garden

$19.99

The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity
by: Kate Frey, Gretchen LeBuhn, Leslie Lindell
paperback 224 pgs

With this lavishly illustrated guide, gardeners can create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy, productive garden that helps not only the threatened honeybee, but the many lesser-known, amazing native bees as well.

There are numerous benefits to having a bee garden, both personal and global. Not only are bee gardens gorgeous, they are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable. For fruit and vegetable gardeners, inviting nature's most productive pollinator into the yard can provide an impressive increase in yields and better tasting produce. And finally, bee gardens help fight the much-publicized decline in bee population. In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything readers need, from "super blooming" flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid. Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, the book debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides how-to instructions for nest boxes and water features.