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Are the flowers in your garden not blooming as you expected? Keeping bees can give your flowers the boost they need to flower all season. A beekeeping hobby does not require large amounts of money, time or space. It can even help you make money.

Storey's guide to keeping honey bees : honey production, pollination, bee health
Malcolm T. Sanford and Richard E. Bonney.
North Adams, Mass. : Storey Pub., c2010.
"The foundation for this book is two previous works by Richard E. Bonney, Hive management (1990) and Beekeeping: a practical guide (1993)"--T.p. verso.
     
The honey trail : in pursuit of liquid gold and vanishing bees
Grace Pundyk.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010.
Pundyk delivers a global travel narrative that looks at the different aspects of how honey and bees are being affected by globalization, terrorism, deforestation, the global food trade, and climate change.
     
Honey bees : letters from the hive
Stephen Buchmann.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2010.
InHoney Bees: Letters From the Hive, bee expert Stephen Buchmann takes readers on an incredible tour. Enter a beehive--one part nursery, one part honey factory, one part queen bee sanctum--then fly through backyard gardens, open fields, and deserts where wildflowers bloom. It's fascinating--and delicious! Hailed for their hard work and harmonious society, bees make possible life on earth as we know it. This fundamental link between bees and humans reaches beyond biology to our environment and our culture: bees have long played important roles in art, religion, literature, and medicine--and, of course, in the kitchen. For honey fanatics and all who have a sweet tooth, this book not only entertains and enlightens but also reminds us of the fragility of humanity's relationship with nature. 
     
Get started in beekeeping
Adrian and Claire Waring.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010.
Get Started in Beekeeping is the ultimate guide to setting up and maintaining your colonies, with practical advice on all aspects of beekeeping. With tips and information on bee biology, collecting honey and running hives in every location and season, this is essential reading for any beginner beekeeper. Book jacket.
     

Here are some tips for you to keep a healthy busy hive:

  • Before you start keeping bees find out if your community prohibits or restricts beekeeping, or requires registration of your hives.
  • Started in the spring. You can purchase equipment used, new, or even make it  yourself.
  • Conduct inspections to determine the productivity of the colony. Look for signs that the queen is alive and laying eggs. 
  • Make sure the bees have access to a water source. They use large amounts of water to regulate temperature and moisture levels in the hive. 
  • Your healthy hives will reward you with sweet honey. You can save it for yourself, give as gifts to family, friends or neighbors, or make a little cash by selling it at your local farmerís market.
  • Add more to your income by renting your bees to farmers to pollinate their crops.

As the bees buzz in your garden, they perform the necessary job of pollination, transferring pollen that allows plants to reproduce. Not only giving your plants that blooming boost but all the flowers in the neighborhood.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff