Sales of my book – Bee Keeping: A Novice’s Guide have nearly sold out. The 2nd edition of the book is about to go to the printers. The 2nd edition has 3 new chapters plus greater detail added into the chapters and more photographs.
3 new chapters are:
Constructing a National Hive: “it’s not difficult”
Making up frames of foundation: “it gets easier the more you make”
Pollen Colour Guide
The book is the same size 24.6 x 18.9 cm printed on 170 gsm high quality gloss paper, but is now 152 pages rather than the original 128 pages.
The book should be published about 5th November ready for the Christmas market and is still priced at £16.99 excluding postage. It will be available via the website www.beekeeping-book.com, through Amazon and from leading beekeeping equipment suppliers.
If you know any new beekeepers who are starting out, it may be the ideal Christmas present.
Review: The 2nd edition has had a fantastic review from a Master Beekeeper writing for the BBKA News magazine. Unfortunately I cannot put it here on the blog, until it is published.
Just added 2nd Apiguard tray to each of my hives. Unfortunately seems one of my hives is queenless. The remaining worker bees will die off as per their 6 week life cycle and it is too late now to re-queen. No queen no new brood so hive will be empty very soon. Hopefully I will catch an early swarm next spring which I can then house in the hive after a thorough cleaning.
Two weeks with these apiguard trays in place, then I will get the feeders on to feed the bees a 2:1 sugar syrup. The ivy around my hives in the wood is starting to bud and will shortly flower. I find the bess love the ivy and this enables them to bring in much needed winter stores. Though I also feed I find that with the ivy I only have to give each hive half the recommended sugar syrup.
This year is an excellent year for fruit, so robbing wasps are everywhere. I have placed jars with orange juice in on each hive and am catching hundreds of wasps. Hopefully the orange juice is attracting the wasps away from the hive entrances, so wasps are not entering and eating the bees winter stores.