Natural Beekeeping

Author: Ross Conrad
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603583637
Size: 73.75 MB
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Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder." Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse. It's time for a new approach. Now revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects, including: The basics of bee biology and anatomy Urban beekeeping Identifying and working with queens Parasitic mite control Hive diseases Also, a completely new chapter on marketing provides valuable advice for anyone who intends to sell a wide range of hive products.Ross Conrad brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keeping honeybees healthy and productive with nontoxic methods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood disease without the use of antibiotics; selective breeding for naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed management techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way. Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest-management approach, or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you've been waiting for.

Gaia S Garden

Author: Toby Hemenway
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603582231
Size: 54.22 MB
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The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including: Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure Catching and conserving water in the landscape Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.

The Thinking Beekeeper

Author: Christy Hemenway
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 0865717206
Size: 19.53 MB
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A guide to an alternative method of keeping bees, shows how to cultivate top bar hives, in a book aimed an those interested in ensuring the viability of the bee population for years to come. Original.

Urban Homesteading

Author: Rachel Kaplan
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 161608054X
Size: 69.18 MB
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Teaches self-reliance, sustainability, and green living in urban areas, from growing food with limited space and making solar cookers to raising chickens.

Initiation And Practice In Modern Holistic Beekeeping

Author: Dragos Ciprian Negru
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781523953455
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Dr. Negru is the author of this valuable work, based upon his own personal experience acquired during more than twelve years of research in the field of organic and natural preservation of bee colonies. During this entire original writing, he captures in an enjoyable way the new integral approach, the "HOLISTIC" approach, of the complex and age-old practice of beekeeping. Starting from the performance of the biological dynamics of bee colonies in nature, the author, preserving the standard dimension of a Langstroth-type frame as a main basic element of conventional beekeeping techniques introduces for the very first time the idea of the "Maximus System" and the Maximus technique, which relies on matrix reporting natural principles, thus integrating the matrix into the working system. The Maximus System is different from other classical systems of beekeeping; through the use of specific methods, it is oriented towards the real, actual needs of the bee colonies, in direct connection with both the material and the universal laws governing matter and substance. It is characterized as a "HOLISTIC System" and introduces for the first time the "MATRIX Concept." This is an "intangible abstract element, belonging to subtle plans," as defined by the author, representing the very basis of the life of a bee colony. With a view to assessing what happens at a certain point in the bee colony, the author introduces the "eloquent honeycomb method," which consists of introducing an empty frame into the hive without an artificial comb attached to it, where, by liaising to the matrix, the bees will build up in a few days (or not) a natural comb from bottom up, with differentiated cells in which the queen bee will lay eggs (or not). Depending on these events, we will be able to "read" the actual status of the colony in question. Using this method, the author emphasizes for the first time a new type of cells built by bees, which he calls conversion cells. He provides designs for new preservation and maintenance methods and techniques throughout the year, queen bees' natural selection and breeding methods, and disease prevention and prophylaxis methods, thus explaining in complete detail the complex activities that beekeepers need to perform in an apiary. In this book there are for certain at least five patents related to procedures, methods, and devices of utmost international scientific importance in the original scientific content of this specialized work. For all these scientific innovations, as well as for the new HOLISTIC complex and complete approach in the field of beekeeping, upon the proposition of the Scientific Researcher of 2nd level George Florea TOBA, Ph.D., the author is granted the title of Honorary Scientific Researcher within the Professor David Davidescu Biodiversity Research and Studies Center.