Tanya's book is a great overall guide for beginner beekeepers. It has tons of beautiful pictures, easy to follow text and instructions, and the basic information anyone needs to start beekeeping confidently.
As an intermediate beekeeper with 2 warre hives and 2 top-bar hives, I sure wish I had had this book when I first started beekeeping!
I find the information pertinent, relevant, and clearly laid out. I also learned or was reminded of quite a few things I did not already know, and very practical tips about swarming, cross combing, record keeping. Great all around beginner to intermediate book and a good place to start for any new beekeeper.
Also, I bought it for myself, but my 12 year old son ended up taking it for himself and has been avidly reading from it, probably because the explanations, the pictures and the layout are very reader friendly instead of dry and hard to read like most other books on the subject.
I highly recommend this book to any beginner to intermediate beekeeper, great all-around info book!
Beginning Beekeeping is a simple, straightforward approach that gives you the basics to get started with beekeeping, while following a balanced, objective approach that weighs the pros and cons of conventional and organic methodologies. Featuring more than 120 beautiful color photos, this guide will help you will learn how to foster and maintain healthy, vibrant hive colonies, as well as to incorporate the various techniques and practices for keeping bees using conventional as well as more natural practices. In addition, you will learn how to troubleshoot and treat potential hive issues such as swarming, combating common pests, and alleviating other potentially destructive hive conditions. This helpful guide also explores how to create hives that are self-sustaining, with minimal intervention from the keeper. Additional content also covers how to maximize the benefits of a backyard hive for a more vibrant garden as well as rich, bountiful honey harvests.