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Apr 2nd 2009, 08:48 PM
i would recommend "beekeeping for dummies" don't let the name fool you, it is well written and easy to follow,chock full of info.

Apr 2nd 2009, 09:37 PM
I agree with the beekeeping for dummies, although I do not have the newer version just released.

Once you have one book, you'll quickly follow-up with a second. Keep your eye open at flea markets, on-line, etc., and soon you'll have a few to choose from on those cold nights. And if you get them cheap, that's the best bee book out there. Each book has a different perspective. All miss something, so I like each for different reasons.

Apr 3rd 2009, 09:47 AM
My choice of books are these older books I think they are easy to understand for a new Beekeeper.

These first two are no longer published, but well worth the search.

Practical Beekeeping
Enoch Tompkin & Roger M. Griffith
Garden Way Pub.

Beekeeping in the Midwest
Circular 1125,ILL.Coop.Ext.Ser. College of Agr.
revised by Elbert R. Jaycox
University of Illinois

Beekeeping A Practical Guide
Richard E. Bonney
Storey Pub. [ this may still be in print ]

No TV, No Inter-net,
Just a good book, a cold beer, and a good hound curled at your feet, anybody else remember those days ?


Apr 4th 2009, 07:36 PM
i would recommend "beekeeping for dummies" don't let the name fool you, it is well written and easy to follow,chock full of info.

This was the 1st I read... great for starters! 8-)

Apr 5th 2009, 10:29 PM
I really enjoyed Backyard Beekeeper. It was a great book for me just reading to start out.

Apr 12th 2009, 08:49 AM
I would recommend

xyz abc of beekeeing as a good reference book

honey plants of north america is another good read a lot of newbees dont understand that only certain flowers and plants produce nectar

Apr 17th 2009, 11:08 PM
I started into beekeeping after a 25 year break ( life is what happens while you are making other plans) with the idea that doing it Organic for lack of a better term. We ( my bride and I ) are trying to live and eat better and thet means putting more effort to make more of our own food stuff. It occurred to me a while back that a good way to keep bees and grow gardens without pesticides and poisons wold be to get some 100 year + old books and try to do it the old way. I boughe a 1900 ish copy of ABC's of beekeeping and not only is it a great find but what a great scource of humor. They have about 10 pages explaining that beekeeping can actualy be done by women if they have enough help, way funny, I have seen my readhead ( 135 lbs or so ) with a 150lb rottweiler over her sholder because the two of them were having a contest to see who was going to be the boss, I think she can move a super or two if she wanted. Anyhow some of the old old books have I think a lot of god info, some has perhaps been left out of the newer ones.