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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596261
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“City dwellers across the country are rapidly discovering the appeal of urban beekeeping. Large cities like Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco are even promoting beekeeping for pollination health, to keep city vegetation green and lush.” --USA Today
“Ashley English is the how-to voice of a new DIY movement.” --Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, founders of Homegrown Evolution and authors of The Urban Homestead
"An approach to urban homesteading that inspires both action and admiration.” – Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
“The Homemade Living series is beautiful, in both aesthetics and intention. A friendly introduction to simpler living that people in barns and brownstones alike can appreciate.” – Jenna Woginrich, author of Made from Scratch and blogger for Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post
“What I love most about this series is how Ashley presents all of these could-be-complicated subjects in a way that's achievable and encouraging. It all feels totally doable...not to mention fun and fresh in the way she shares it all.” - Amanda Soule, Author of The Creative Family and Handmade Home, Found of the popular blog Soule Mama
“These four excellent books in the Homemade Living series offer great information on each subject for both beginners and intermediate users.” – Library Journal
“Perfect for the aspiring urban farmer on your list!...Tons of gorgeous photos, troubleshooting tips, and recipes makes these books a must have addition to any gardener's bookshelf.” -Re-Nest

Keeping Bees is one in a series of books from author Ashley English for the Homemade Living line. Each one (Home Dairy, Keeping Chickens, and Canning & Preserving) presents detailed, but accessible, information for the urban homesteader...These books are adorable and chock-full of info, too. This volume provides the bee basics, but then goes on to discuss things to consider before raising bees (your neighbors, allergies, pets and kids, legal ramifications, etc.), how to house them (and where), feeding options, equipment must-haves, where to purchase them and how to maintain a healthy hive, and, of course, their magical byproduct: honey (along with recipes to try!)...It also includes checklists, as well as suggestions for requeening, preventing a swarm, dividing the hive and more.” --Urban Farm

“English's warm, encouraging tone, along with plenty of detailed photos of every stage of the process, make this book a must-have for novice beekeepers...I highly recommend Keeping Bees with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More to anyone who is considering keeping bees. It gives you a good idea of what to expect, so you can decide if you want to take the next step toward beekeeping.” Organic Gardening


About the Author

ASHLEY ENGLISH has earned degrees in both holistic nutrition and sociology. She is a member of Slow Food USA and works with non-profit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues. She has a popular clip on YouTube (; is a regular contributor to the popular blog Design*Sponge (with 308,000 regular readers); and maintains her own blog at Ashley and her husband currently reside in CANDLER, NORTH CAROLINA.

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Excellent practical guide for some one who is just getting started. Well written and presented, good useful information. Give it a read and get yourself some bees!
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Book came as shown, was a great gift.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Buy the book! March 10 2011
By Diana L. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As beekeepers for 45 years we don't buy bee books often as they rarely offer anything new but Keeping Bees is an exception. The text and excellent photographs offer the promise that you can manage a colony of bees even if you don't have a mentor watching over your shoulder. Often my husband is so speedy at opening a hive that I don't really understand what he is doing so I really liked the concise step-by-step photo sequences. The bee journals can be too technical but this book strikes the right balance of information for anyone aspiring to be a beekeeper.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A great book for beginners. Feb. 20 2011
By Beck120 - Published on
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I have been waiting for this book to be published ever since I purchased the first two books in Ashley English's "Homemade Living" series. I have been researching bee keeping for about a year now, mostly because I plant a garden every year and would like to give it a boost, but also because I am fascinated by honeybees and would like to have my own honey source. I love this book because it is packed with great information but is not overwhelming. English tackles the most important lessons of beekeeping and stays on task. After reading this, I definitely think I can manage a couple of hives, and I am really excited to get started. Bottom line: if you're thinking about keeping bees, read this book first.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
All you ever wanted to know about keeping bee hives Feb. 19 2011
By Enzie Shahmiri - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, because it is filled with wonderful information about the life of bees and how to harvest your own honey in your own backyard. The book is filled with great images and easy to follow tutorials how to set up hives and how to maintain them. I am not a beekeeper, but I grow my own fruits and vegetables in order to have access to truly organic food and I am considering keeping my own beehive after reading this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Ashley gets it! Great read for anyone who wants bees. March 7 2011
By ballardbee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Being a beekeeper for a few years you can imagine I have read my share of books on this subject. This one was refreshing to read. Ashley really laid out great information in an organized way with fun visuals. Easy read and a perfect book for anyone thinking of getting into managing honeybees.
Great job Ashley!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Keeping Bees with Ashley English March 19 2011
By wildmountainbees - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully written and well tought out book. Its chock full of correct and detailed information for the hopeful beekeeper and has grains of wisdom for one who has already begun their journey as a keeper of the bees. As a commercial beekeeper and beekeeping supplier I would recommend this book to anyone with interest in beekeeping, starting out, or in their early years with the bees. If you don't know already when you get 10 beekeepers together you will get at least a dozen opinions on any subject. Ashley English has done fine work with these dozen. Check it out!