The Rooftop Beekeeper: A Scrappy Guide to Keeping Urban Honeybees

The Rooftop Beekeeper: A Scrappy Guide to Keeping Urban Honeybees

Megan Paska

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 1452107580

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The number of urban beekeepers has escalated with more than 25 percent increases year over year in the United States and the United Kingdom. From a go-to authority on beekeeping and backyard farming, The Rooftop Beekeeper is the first handbook to explore the ease and charm of keeping bees in an urban environment. This useful manual— at once a good read and a pretty object—features a relatable first-person narrative, checklists, numbered how-tos, beautiful illustrations and 75 color photographs. Covering all aspects of urban beekeeping, this book also provides readers with plenty of sweet recipes for delicious treats, tonics, and beauty products to make with home-harvested honey.

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LLC 680 Second Street San Francisco, California 94107 www.chroniclebooks.com Contents INTRODUCTION: How a City Girl Got Stung 6 CHAPTER 1: Why Keep Bees? Here’s Why You Should Consider Becoming an Urban Apiarist 14 CHAPTER 2: Know Your Bees 32 CHAPTER 3: Hives 52 CHAPTER 4: So, You’re a Beekeeper . . . Now What? 88 CHAPTER 5: Show Me the Honey! 114 CHAPTER 6: Wrapping It Up—End-of-Season Maintenance 128 CHAPTER 7: Recipes 140 Honey Infusions: Hibiscus, Vanilla, and Pink.

Manner. More research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of this ancient folk remedy, but in parts of Europe and Asia, bee venom has long been considered a true medicine. While the science of apitherapy has fallen out of fashion in more cosmopolitan locales, in some parts of the world beekeeping is still very much part of the cultural fiber, and bee venom is accepted as a treatment for many ailments. If you are interested in learning more about apitherapy, see the Resources section (page.

Transplanted Appalachian mill workers emanating from the worn wood floors and plaster walls. But what I reveled in most was the sunny private backyard and the opportunity to grow food for real. I wanted more than just a couple of tomatoes and some herbs in containers; I wanted to stop buying substandard produce from supermarkets, save money, and be more like my Aunt Joanne. So I grew okra, lettuce, peas, peppers, summer and winter squash, tomatoes, and herbs in varieties that I had never seen or.

Season and have it assembled and painted before the bees show up in the spring. You could also choose to take a more natural approach and try your hand at catching a swarm in the spring (see page 77). Locally adapted, overwintered swarms are more valuable than gold for beekeepers. They tend to be very healthy with a great queen at the helm. They also tend to build up very quickly once they find a home. For this reason, beekeepers absolutely love swarms. In New York, beekeepers have been known to.

Get into heated arguments over who claims the right to one! You might want to consider putting together a swarm-catching kit now, so that when you hear word of a swarm in your neighborhood, you can run off to nab it first. Planting for Pollinators City dwellers can help boost the amount of food available to insect pollinators by planting gardens that supply a little extra nectar and pollen where it’s needed. Many of the plants that bees love happen to be useful to people too, either for.

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