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  1. Hello_Kitty
    March 4, 2011

    A very well-written review! I interpreted the title as meaning “this book is for the super-newbie beekeeper.” I agree w/you that this book is not The One, yet I still value it very much as a reference. Kim Flottum visited Denver, CO last summer and I asked him what he thought of top bar hives and if he had any in his apiary. He said he’d “failed miserably with one.” When pressed to define “miserably” he said he hadn’t done any research beforehand and the package he installed absconded. Perhaps a future edition of his book will cover alternative hives, once he has some personal experience with them. He eruditely writes what he knows about. He’s a smart marketer, too. His position as editor at Bee Culture makes him keenly aware that the US is seeing a tremendous rise in female beekeepers, which explains increased sales of 8-frame mediums. I haven’t tried any of the recipes other than the one for hand cream. It did NOT produce a white lotion, as pictured. http://bit.ly/LavenderHandCream is still lovely to use nonetheless.
    Anyway, thanks for the post. I have no bees right now and am keeping bees vicariously through Honeybee Suite and bloggers like you. Keep up the good work!

  2. Rusty
    March 4, 2011


    Thank you for your kind and generous remarks. I really appreciate the attention you’ve given my site, and the seemingly endless stream of good questions and prescient remarks you’ve left there. All the best in your beekeeping endeavors!

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