Tips, notes and presentations from experienced beekeepers, GCBA meetings and events.
Get your beekeeping hobby/career going strong with these books and links written by experts.
Ohio beekeeping organizations and additional resources for beginners and experts alike.
70% of flowering plants in the world rely on pollinators for fruit and seed production.
Whether you’re new to beekeeping or have years of experience, the following links, videos, and books are interesting and educational. They are from experienced beekeepers who explain things simply and easily. This is only a small portion of what is available. Check back soon and often for more educational information!
The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden by Kim Flottum
This book is the complete “honey bee” resource with general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of bee keeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest your own hives; as well as tons of fun facts and projects that are bee related. The second half of the book is the complete guide to honey.
The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook by Kim Flottum.
It’s the companion book to Kim’s earlier book. It’s a guide to creating, harvesting, and cooking with natural honeys.
Backyard Beekeeping by Dr. James E. Tew.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System. James E. Tew, Apiculture Advisor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, and State Specialist, Beekeeping, and Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH 44691, phone: 330-263-3684, e-mail: Tew.firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Lessons In Beekeeping by C.P. Dadant
Originally published in 1917, this is a wonderful early work on beekeeping and contains much information and many photos. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books republished this classic work.
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining to the Scientific and Practical Culture of Honey Bees by A.I. Root
Written in encyclopedia format and a must for any beekeeper’s reference library.
Beekeeping For Dummies by Howland Blackiston
This easy-to-follow guide removes the mystery from this pastime. Realize the benefits of keeping bees, from aiding the environment to enjoying homemade honey and wax products.
Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers by Richard E. Bonney
An experienced beekeeper examines what needs to be attended to each season.
Keeping Bees by John Vivian
Aspiring bee keepers striving for self-sufficiency will find this book unique, as it gives directions for the building of hives, frames, and a wax foundation molding press.
A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them by Sue Hubbell
Beekeeping has to be the apex of animal husbandry; it is a wondrous subject, and Hubbell does it justice. Portions of the book have appeared in the New Yorker.
Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad
This book offers a chemical free approach to beekeeping.
Visit the OSBA site to search for other Ohio Beekeeping organizations that have an interest in beekeeping and educa
Pollinators are animal species that provide pollination services to plants in natural/wild landscapes, cultivated gardens and agriculture settings around the globe. They have co-evolved with plants and the relationship between plants and pollinators is very intricate; important to complete their life cycles, as well as ensuring food and shelter for humans and other animals. Pollinators visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen which provides nutrition for their offspring.
Learn about key native plants and habitats for pollinators in Ohio.
Plant Materials Centers are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season.
Among other resources, this page lists seed companies and nurseries specializing in native plants!
How to develop habitat for pollinators, including food, water and shelter.
Among other goals, the society promotes awareness of the importance of native landscaping, fostering public knowledge & appreciation of native plants.
Seems like this document contains everything you need to know about rain gardens. Detailed info on how to create a rain garden. They provide great conditions for common milkweed–a highly beneficial plant for monarch butterflies and bees. And rain gardens reduce pollution, filtering storm water runoff.
Did you know that many milkweed seeds need to be “vernalized?” This and other tips about how to grow milkweed