Friday, January 23, 2015

My Winter List

Recently, I wrote that I'd been reading a lot, so I thought I'd show you my winter list:

Natural Beekeeping with the Warre Hive, David Heaf

Toward Saving the Honeybee, Gunther Hauk

The Compleat Meadmaker, Ken Schramm

Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture,
Toby Hemenway


  1. Great list of reading, Julie. Did you like the Warre book? I might just have to try that hive style at some point. I've read most of Warre's Beekeeping for All, but it's always good to get more info.

    I just finished the "Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping'. Good information on treatment free beekeeping, but all about Langs. I'm trying to get through Gaia's Garden, but I find it a little dense (I'm not much of a reader). What did you think of that one? I'm also reading "Attracting Native Pollinators" from the Xerces Society which I'm enjoying. I'm going to build a bumble bee nest to see if I can be successful at that. We had a lot of bumblers in our garden this past year - I think they like all the clover I've planted. I'll have to check out the mead book - thanks for the heads up!

    Now it's time to start building new hives - spring is only 55 days away!

    1. Bumblebee nests! I hope you post photos when you're done!

      Thanks for that tip about the Xerces publication. I'll have to look it up. My veg garden is pollinated mostly by native insects since my girls never seem to want to visit. Oh, the irony!

      Except for the Hauk book, I have to confess that I haven't finished the others yet. I have a bad habit of reading at least 5-6 books at once and just kind of go back and forth between them all. So far, though, I've found them all very informative. I loved Warre's book not just for the content, but for his style as well. To me, Heaf's book is not nearly as charming as Warre's, but the information is excellent, so I'd recommend it to anyone wanting information about the People's Hive. I like Gaia's Garden, too, but wish it had more photos of permacultured landscapes with accompanying diagrams. There are a few, but I'm pretty visual, so I just wish there were more -- and for various climates, too.

      55 days! Hooray! I can't wait!


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