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While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as hives management, breed choice, and health requirements. There is plenty to think about for those getting their first bees, and careful planning is the key to a successful initial experience. One thing that complicates matters is the bees' ability to disguise problems. Although this might seem a useful ability, it actually makes recognizing trouble in the crucial, early stages that much more difficult, even for experienced owners. And although bees are remarkably resilient creatures, they remain vulnerable to predators, disease and climate changes. There is plenty of potential for things to go wrong and, unfortunately, it's always the bees that suffer when problems strike.
Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longtime bee keeper and apiary expert James E. Tew guide you through 100 common problems faced by beekeepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of beekeeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators. A subject-specific index is also included for easy reference.
Author: James E. Tew
Raising bees is becoming increasingly popular in backyards and on farms large and small-and it's easy to see why. These resourceful insects produce organic honey and beeswax, all while constantly providing natural aid to the health of your yard and garden. And even better, bees are easy to keep, especially with the expert instruction of The Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping. Beginning with the basics, seasoned beekeepers Daniel and Samantha Johnson answer all of a prospective beekeeper's questions on how to set up, care for, and harvest your very own bee colonies. With the help of this comprehensive DIY guide, raising bees can be an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime for gardeners, crafters and cooks everywhere.
Author: Daniel & Samantha Johnson
Cultivate, weed, furrow, and hill with Hoss’ comprehensive Double Wheel Deal package. It includes the company’s Double Wheel Hoe, Plow Set, and Sweeps: all the attachments you need to maintain a successful vegetable garden. The items are made in the United States.
Author: Hoss Tools
From honey experts C. Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum comes this comprehensive introduction to the origin, flavor, and culinary uses of more than 30 varietals of honey, from ubiquitous clover to tangy star thistle to rich, smoky buckwheat.
Like wine, cheese, coffee and chocolate, honey has emerged as an artisanal obsession. Its popularity at farmers markets and specialty food stores has soared as retailers capitalize on the trend. The Honey Connoisseur teaches consumers everything they need to know about how to taste, select and use a diverse selection of honey.
After a brief explanation of how bees produce honey, the authors introduce the concept of terroir, the notion that soil, weather and other natural phenomena can affect the taste of honey. As with wines, knowing the terroir of a honey varietal helps to inform an understanding of its flavor.
The book goes on to give a thorough course in the origins of more than 30 different honeys as well as step-by-step instructions on how to taste honey, describe its flavor and determine what other flavors will pair best with it. Also included are simple recipes such as dressings, marinades, beverages and quick-and-easy desserts.
Beautifully illustrated and designed, The Honey Connoisseur is the perfect book for foodies and locavores alike.
Author: K. Flottum, C. Marchese
What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.
The Thinking Beekeeper is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:
Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives because of their small footprint. Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees and the well-being of the planet, The Thinking Beekeeper will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper who is less focused on maximizing honey yield and more on ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.
Author: Christy Hemenway
The Wheel Deal features the Hoss Wheel Hoe and is a great starter set for those wanting to grow their own food. It includes Hoss’ single wheel hoe, the 8-inch oscillating hoe for weeding, and the Right Plow blade for making furrows and beds. The items are made in the United States.
Author: Hoss Tools
Whether you are mowing the lawn or working on your fence you'll need the Tough GRIT hat to get you through the job.
This tan baseball cap is embroidered with the Tough GRIT logo and detailed with Real Tree camouflage. The cap adjusts for a customized fit.
Tough GRIT: The Rural America Challenge series is featured on RFD-TV. GRIT Magazine and Tractor Supply have partnered up to feature this weekly show as two rural neighbors use their country skills to compete for cash. You'll learn the proper way to tackle any chore and enjoy a few laughs.
Hosted by Max Armstrong and focusing on FFA tractors, features include: 1955 John Deere 70 Diesel, 1931 Cletrac 15, 1950 and 1954 Allis-Chalmers IB, 1937 John Deere Gold Leaf (the only one made), 1950 Sheppard Diesel Orchard, 1954 Oliver Super 88, 1965 Case 130, 1966 Case 1200 Traction King, 1948 Long A, 1957 Massey-Harris 444, 1951 Farmall Super C, 1930 Oliver Hart-Parr 18-27 Row Crop, 1944 Leader A, 1953 Farmall Super H, 1954 Farmall Super M, 1964 Ford 9000 High Crop, and 1934 John Deere A. 2000. Run time: 70 minutes.
Latest installment in the Classic Tractor Fever collection. Owners share fascinating facts about their tractors. The tractors in this feature are fully restored better than new and now their history will live on for years to come. This DVD salutes tractor collectors every where. 70+ minutes.
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