Bernie and I had six hives of honey bees a few years ago. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may remember I set up a separate website for our bees. We loved our bees! And they blessed us with entertainment and honey.
We ended up losing the hives, and in hindsight, we probably should have waited to get them until we were permanently on the homestead. And we should have started on a much smaller scale. It was a hard lesson, and now that we’ve been here for three years, we’re ready to start again. I think we’re a little wiser, a little smarter, and a lot more prepared. We have two nukes on order now with a local source, and should have them in the next couple of months.
So I was tickled when Megan, from Sterling Publishing Company, contacted me asking if I’d be interested in reviewing Keeping Bees, by Ashley English.
Ashley has a wonderful blog that I highly recommend. And, as I’ve learned through her blog and her book, Ashley knows bees!
This book is chocked full of good information. Information I wish we had when we first started with honey bees. Keeping Bees is a “must have” resource for anyone just starting out, or considering becoming a beekeeper, and a wonderful reference book for more seasoned bee keepers. It provides everything from an in-dept description of bee anatomy, hive hierarchy, and things to consider before getting honey bees to the different types of hives, choosing the right type of honey bee, and installing a package of bees (a complete pictorial guide!). Ashley describes essential equipment, complete with pictures. I love her step by step pictorial of bee hive inspection and a “year of bees” guide for what should be accomplished in each season. She also details common diseases, parasites, and pests of bee hives and offers advice for avoiding these things. Along with recipes for homemade Sugar Fondant and Pollen Cakes for your hive.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, in Keeping Bees, Ashley also provides a pictorial guide on exactly how to gather the honey frames and extract the honey, along with delicious recipes for infused honey and all sorts of yummy foods.
I love this book! And I’m pleased to tell you that Megan and Ashley have graciously offered a give-away. The winner will not only receive a Keeping Bees book of your very own, but a jar of local honey!
To enter the give-away all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog and let me know you love honey bees! That’s it. Just do this before Wednesday, March 2nd, at midnight and you are entered. I will put each of your names on a slip of paper and have Bernie draw one of them on Thursday, March 3rd. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!
That’s the buzz. Oh, and please pop on over to Small Measure and see what Ashley’s sharing today 🙂
The small print: This offer is only valid for U.S., APO, and FPO mailing addresses.
UPDATE 03/03/2011: We have a winner!!! Congratulations Dee for winning the random drawing for Keeping Bees!
Thanks to everyone who commented and signed up for this give-away.