Mike Schmolke has been working with bees and beekeepers for fifty years and his great experience shines through this excellent book, full of extremely helpful, practical information. Mike favours the use of top-bar hives, which he describes as simple, cheap, easy to manage and profitable bee hives. Mike acknowledges that most readers will not implement all the advice given in this book, but those who read it will learn much and realise what they can do if they devote time to their bees. The chapters on processing honey and beeswax will be very helpful for beekeepers using either fixed comb or top-bar hives. It is good too to see the Greek basket hive being promoted as a simple, low cost way to get started in beekeeping, ideal for people who want to study bees in uncomplicated and natural surroundings.
220 Pages, 2015