Thanks to a lot of the research that we’ve been doing, as well as the recent holidays, we’re starting to build a mini “bee library” of sorts. Obviously there are a TON of books and information available about beekeeping, but we figured we’d share some thoughts on a few of our favorites thus far.
Books for Beekeepers
Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees
This book was not only recommended to us by our local beekeeping community, but is also referenced in a number of other books we’ve read as well.
It does a really good job of covering all of the basics of beekeeping: from planning, to acquiring bees, to keeping your bees healthy, to harvesting honey. It’s all in there.
If you’re going to purchase one beekeeping book, this should probably be it.
Homegrown Honey Bees
This book was given to us as a gift during the holidays, and has been a pleasant addition to the mix.
It differs from Storey’s in that it focuses purely on what you’ll come across during your first year as a beekeeper. The chapters are even broken into chunks like “The First Month”, “The First Season”, etc.
Packed with tons of highly detailed photos, this is one we’ll definitely be referring to again and again this upcoming season.
Rumor has it that a single hive can produce 40-60 pounds of honey in a single season. That’s a lot of honey! Even if we gave some to everyone we know, we’d still be left with more than we could consume ourselves.
Enter “Honey Crafting” by Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes. This book is structured like a cookbook for all the different things you can do with honey and beeswax.
From creating items for your home (ornaments, candles, etc.), to items for the body (soaps, lip balms, etc.), to delectable edibles (infused honey, savory and sweet recipes), this book provides over 75 different uses for your harvest.
This is one we plan on using for decades to come.
ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture
Talk about everything you ever wanted to know about beekeeping! This book was first published in 1877 and has over 40 editions that have been released since then.
Over time the publishers have compiled an encyclopedia of information ranging from famous beekeepers to hive disorders to plants for bees and everything in between. Simply flip open this book and you’re almost guaranteed to land on a page that will teach you something about beekeeping that you never knew before.
Where else can you learn about the effect of magnetic and electrical fields on bees immediately followed by information about mason bees?
These are just a few of our favorite beekeeping books so far. What are some of yours?