Beekeeping For Dummies by Howland Blackiston
The 5th Edition of Beekeeping For Dummies is an essential guide for both aspiring and experienced hobbyist beekeepers. This book, part of the popular For Dummies series, covers every aspect of backyard beekeeping and honey production in a comprehensive and accessible manner.
Beginners will find step-by-step instructions on how to start beekeeping, care for bees, and handle them safely. Experienced beekeepers will also benefit from the wealth of practical examples, proven techniques, and helpful illustrations.
This brand-new edition includes updates on key topics such as the importance of nutrition for bee health and productivity, the latest beekeeping products and medications, and various all-natural remedies. It also provides information on a wide range of beekeeping resources and even offers redeemable coupons from beekeeping suppliers to help readers save some money.
Beekeeping For Dummies embodies the signature straightforward and simple approach of the For Dummies series. Whether you’re new to beekeeping or already have some experience, this book offers valuable insights and an approachable take on the subject.
Beekeeping for Dummies: A Chat with Author Howland Blackiston
Beekeeping for Dummies: A Conversation with Author Howland Blackistone
Welcome to the Kiwi Man Beekeeping podcast! In this episode, we had the pleasure of talking to Howland Blackistone, the author of the popular book “Beekeeping for Dummies”. Howland has been keeping bees since 1984 and has written numerous articles on beekeeping. He is also a great teacher and has appeared on several TV and radio programs. We discussed his passion for beekeeping, the latest edition of his book, the challenges faced by beekeepers, and the importance of bees in our ecosystem.
Howland’s interest in beekeeping started at a young age when he saw a beekeeper give a presentation at his school. He was immediately fascinated by the complexity of bee society and their important role in pollination and honey production. Years later, he started his own beehives and became involved in beekeeping. He emphasizes the importance of becoming a beekeeper, not just a “beehaver”, and caring for bees to ensure their health and productivity.
Howland’s book, “Beekeeping for Dummies”, is a best-seller in the beekeeping community. It provides practical tips and advice for beginners, making beekeeping accessible and enjoyable. The fourth edition, set to be released in the spring of 2017, includes updated information on challenges faced by bees, such as colony collapse disorder and the impact of pesticides. Howland discusses the importance of obtaining accurate information and using medications judiciously when necessary.
Despite the challenges, Howland highlights the rewards of beekeeping and encourages beginners to start their own hives or support local beekeepers. He also mentions the option of having beehives placed on your property by experienced beekeepers if you are unable to care for them yourself.
Howland’s passion for beekeeping shines through in his interviews, presentations, and videos, which can be found on various platforms. Although he does not maintain a personal website, information about his book and speaking engagements can be found on the “For Dummies” website. He emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning in beekeeping and the joy of introducing new bees to their hives.
Overall, Howland Blackistone is an inspiring figure in the beekeeping community and his book continues to be a valuable resource for beginners. He encourages everyone to appreciate the role of bees in our ecosystem and consider supporting local beekeepers or starting their own bees. So why not give beekeeping a try? It’s a rewarding and fascinating hobby that can make a positive impact on our environment.