Aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper, and supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, this is the ultimate essential manual on Australian beekeeping. Chapters cover equipment, how to obtain bees, where to locate them, colony management, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, and native bees.
The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action to be performed is explained in detail with photographs showing the steps as well as the final result. Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony of bees. The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as their confidence and experience grows. The chapter 'Your First Bees' explains how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. In addition to chapters on keeping bees, there are detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books and is the ultimate Australian reference source.
Robert Owen was introduced to the world of beekeeping in 2002 and hasn't looked back. At first beekeeping was a hobby but it has now evolved into a family business, Bob's Beekeeping Supplies, that offers beekeeping equipment and education. This book is the culmination of his own years of expertise and experience and also draws on the individual tales he has heard of the challenges and successes of managing honey bees in various environments.
Chapter 9 Extracting
Chapter 10 Preparing honey for sale and for competitions
Chapter 11 Rearing queens
Chapter 12 Sustainable beekeeping
Chapter 13 The bee-friendly garden
Chapter 14 Native bees
Chapter 15 Diseases of the honey bee
Chapter 18 Other problems of the honey bee
Chapter 19 Other types of bees and wasps
Appendix: Size of frames and boxes Glossary Acknowledgements and photographic credits Bibliography Index
"a standout reference for the new beekeeper...Even experienced beekeepers will learn a thing or two...contain(s) a wealth of information and is better value than many bee books currently on the market" The Amateur Beekeeper "A well-illustrated hardback with more than 350 photos. A good mix of the entertaining and the technical, it includes excellent tips on creating bee-friendly gardens." Better Homes and Gardens "A valuable reference for anyone wanting to raise and nurture bees. Everything is covered." Organic Gardening "THE Australian Beekeeping Manual with its colour photographs and illustrations would not look out of place on the coffee table. Yet, it is unlikely to make it there, let alone to a bookshelf. It will, more than likely, live in a glovebox or backpack so it can be consulted outdoors or in the workshop as a ready reference for beekeepers." The Weekly Times "This timely book has more than 350 detailed instructional photos and illustrations...this is a manual with everything you need to know." Your Garden "With years of experience and expertise...Robert Owen shares his knowledge on how to get started, bee-friendly gardens and so much more." Home Ideas Magazine "...a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books." American Bee Journal "This manual can help apiarists avoid the pitfalls and understand the process, and is perfect for the novice through to the lifelong beekeeper." Sanctuary Magazine "Robert Owen, author of the recently released book The Australian Beekeeping Manual - written specifically for Australian beekeepers - shares tips on how to create a bee-friendly garden, whether you're a beekeeper, or just want to encourage bees to visit your garden." Seven Canaries "With bees' dwindling numbers a hot topic, Bob says locals can assist honey and native bees by planting a wide range of flowering plants." The Weekly Review "...an excellent, but above all extremely comprehensive reference book, that is at the same time...eminently readable." Australasian Beekeeper "If you'd like to have a go at housing bees for honey, Robert Owens' just published Australian Beekeeping Manual is a good place to start." Sydney Morning Herald