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The updated bestselling guide to laid-back beekeeping for all, naturally!

  • Revised and expanded second edition of the best-selling natural beekeeping guide
  • First edition sold over 5,000 copies
  • A grassroots best seller that created its own following
  • Author revived the millennia-old tradition of keeping bees in horizontal hives
  • Editor Leo Sharashkin is the leading expert on this method and has popularized it in the US and internationally
  • Provides bees with an ideal habitat and harvests surplus honey once a year
  • Enhances local strains of bees resilient to disease and pests
  • Low-maintenance, easy to build
  • Unique approach that respects the bees as fellow living entities and develops a connection with the natural world through beekeeping
  • Encourages readers to slow down and adopt a more nature-based lifestyle
  • Comprehensive, thorough, and practical
  • Beginner friendly
  • Accessible to everyone
  • Time-tested method that is very simple
  • Beekeeping videos on YouTube have received hundreds of thousands of views
  • Second edition has 50% new information including:
    • twice as many color photos
    • new footnotes
    • summary boxes
    • new hive management technique
    • expanded discussion of hive models
    • new afterword
    • improved hive building plans
  • Differs from other books on beginning beekeeping because:
    • It is the best method for keeping bees in any climate
    • Honey comb is not destroyed at harvesting
    • Approaches beekeeping from the bees' point of view
    • Mimics natural processes that build bee resilience and strength of hive
    • Introduces the human dimension of beekeeping
  • Endorsement from Tom Seeley, PhD, Cornell University, author of Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive; Nicola Bradbear, Bees for Development, the largest international nonprofit using beekeeping to improve people's lives around the world; Bonnie Morse, Bee Audacious, founder of the nonprofit that serves as a platform for envisioning the beekeeping of the future
  • Selected to be in the Mother Earth Wiser Living series
  • New Society Publishers are committed to the highest environmental practices in the industry, including: printing all their books in North America, on 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper, using vegetable-based, low-VOC inks; and offsetting their emissions to make all of their business operations carbon neutral and is proudly B Corp certified. Their books are so Green you could eat them!

Audience: Beginning beekeepers, anyone interested in natural beekeeping, small- and medium-scale established beekeepers, homesteaders, urban farmers, people interested in healthy lifestyle, animal rights activists

Regional: North and South Dakota, Florida, and Montana are the leading beekeeping states.

Canada: There are over 8,000 beekeepers in Canada. Leading provinces are Ontario, BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

The updated bestselling guide to laid-back beekeeping for all, naturally!

Are you a beginner beekeeper curious about bees or a practicing beekeeper looking for natural alternatives that work? Then this book is for you!

In the second edition of the bestselling beekeeping guide Keeping Bees with a Smile, Fedor Lazutin, one of Europe's most successful natural beekeepers, shares the bee-friendly approach to apiculture that is fun, healthful, rewarding, and accessible to all. This new edition includes dozens of color photographs, new hive management techniques, and an updated version of "Lazutin hive" plans. Additional coverage includes:

  • Keeping bees naturally without interfering in their lives
  • Starting an apiary for free by attracting local bee swarms
  • Building low-maintenance hives that mimic how bees live in nature
  • Keeping colonies healthy and strong without any drugs, sugar, or gimmickry
  • Helping bees to overwinter successfully even in harsh climates
  • Enhancing local nectar plant resources
  • Producing truly natural honey without robbing the bees
  • Reversing the global bee decline... right in your backyard!

Keeping Bees with a Smile is an invaluable resource for apiculture beginners and professionals alike, complete with plans for making bee-friendly, well-insulated horizontal hives with extra-deep frames, plus other fascinating beekeeping advice you won't find anywhere else.

Foreword— The Bee Book That Makes Sense: A Roadmap to Natural Beekeeping

Part I: A Path to Natural Apiculture
A Brief Introduction
How It All Got Started
A Small Side Note
The Industrial and Natural Approaches
The Bee Colony's Intelligence
The Goals of This Book
The Tree Hollow as the Bees' Natural Home
Some Useful Facts about Comb
The Bee Colony's Developmental Cycle
A Year in the Life of a Bee Colony
A Word or Two on Wintering
The Ideal Comb: How Deep Is Deep Enough?
Winter Ventilation of the Beehive
Bee Races
The European Dark Bee
Bee Diseases
Symbiosis in Nature (A Philosophical Digression)
Bees and Their Enemies
A Bit of History
The History of the Frame
Modern Systems of Industrial Beekeeping
Bees in the Industrial Hive
A Word or Two about Swarming
"Little to Smile About"
Is There a Way Out?
The History of Horizontal Hives with Extra-Deep Frames
The Modern Horizontal Hive
The Horizontal Hive with Extra-Deep Frames
Using the Extra-Deep Frame

Part II: The Practice of Natural Apiculture
A Description of the Horizontal Hive with 25 Extra-Deep Frames
How to Keep Bees in a Horizontal Hive with Extra-Deep Frames
The Central Commandments of Natural Beekeeping
A Beekeeper's Tasks in Spring and Summer
Fall Procedures: Pulling Honey and Preparing for Winter
How to Make Extra-Deep Frames
How to Capture a Swarm in a Swarm Trap
Questions and Answers
Epilogue to Parts I and II

Part III: The Finer Points of Natural Beekeeping
Three Years Later
Principles of Natural Beekeeping Revisited
The Recipe for Success in Beekeeping
Nectar Resources
Bee Race and Colony Strength
On the Mean Bees
The Queen
The Vital Rhythms of a Bee Colony
The Death of Bee Colonies
Various Approaches to Natural Beekeeping
More on Supersedure
How to Collect a Swarm
The Hive Entrance
Spring Inspection of Bee Colonies
Spring Buildup of Bee Colonies
Preparing for the Main Honeyflow
The Main Honeyflow and the Second Half of Summer
Pulling Honey and Preparing for Winter
Questions and Answers

Part IV: How Bee Colonies Winter, And How to Make Wintering as Successful as Possible
The Facts: What You Must Know about the Wintering Process of an Individual Bee and of the Colony as a Whole
The Colony's Main Job During the Winter
The Thermal Physics of a Wintering Colony
Bee Respiration in the Winter Cluster
The Role of Water in the Wintering Process
The Search for the Ideal Home for a Bee Colony
The Physiological Condition of a Colony as It Enters the Winter Period
Winter Reserves
The Location of Winter Reserves
The European Dark Bee
Wintering Indoors
Conclusions to Part IV

Afterword to the Second Edition: Natural Beekeeping Accessible to All
Appendix 1: How to Make Swarm Traps and Capture Swarms
Appendix 2: How to Produce, Install, and Unite Swarms
Appendix 3: Nucs: What to Expect and How to Handle Them
Appendix 4: Operations Throughout the Year
Appendix 5: How to Build a Horizontal Hive with Extra-Deep Frames (Version 1)
Appendix 6: How to Build a Horizontal Hive with Extra-Deep Frames (Version 2)
Appendix 7: Lazutin Hive Plans (US Version 4— New)
Appendix 8: Summary Handouts
About the Author / Editor
About New Society Publishers



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Published 07 April 2020
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