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The Backyard Beekeeper

The Backyard BeekeeperYou can probably guess which book I went for first --- the one subtitled "An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden."  I'd been vaguely considering trying to take a beekeeping course before our bees arrived, and I'm thrilled to be able to feed my antisocial side and instead read a book chock full of photos.

The only downside of the book is that its subtitle is accurate --- it's pretty simple and doesn't introduce more contentious topics I've read about on the internet (like whether to use a queen excluder or not).  But after reading The Backyard Beekeeper, I still felt like I had spent a week walking around with an expert.  Cut for racy bee sex scenes....

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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