The Backyard Beekeeper, 4th Edition: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden

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The Backyard Beekeeper, 4th Edition: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and GardenThe Backyard Beekeeper, now in its 4th edition, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to urban and rural beekeepers of all skill levels.

More than a guide to beekeeping, this handbook features expert advice for:

  • Setting up and caring for your own colonies
  • Selecting the best location to place your new bee colonies for their safety and yours
  • The most practical and nontoxic ways to care for your bees
  • Swarm control
  • Using top bar hives
  • Harvesting the products of a beehive and collecting and using honey
  • Bee problems and treatments

What’s New?

  • Information for urban bees and beekeepers
  • Using your smoker the right way
  • Better pest management
  • Providing consistent and abundant good food
  • Keeping your hives healthy

With this complete resource and the expert advice of Bee Culture editor Kim Flottum, your bees will be healthy, happy, and more productive.


“Kim Flottum’s expert advice is a comprehensive introduction to getting started with your own backyard hives. The book itself is also visually appealing: large photographs, illustrations, and callouts appear on nearly every page.”―Keeping Backyard Bees

“A stunningly beautiful and wonderfully thorough guidebook for the beginning beekeeper.”―Thomas D. Seeley, author of “Honey Bee Democracy,” “Following the Wild Bees,” “Honey Bee Ecology,” and “The Behavior and Social Life of Honey Bees.”

The Backyard Beekeeper provides a concise and lucid introduction to the art of keeping bee colonies. A thorough introduction of bee diseases and problems guides the new beekeeper through some difficult but common challenges.”―Lawrence John Connor, founding member of Wicwas Press LLC and author of many essential beekeeping guides

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