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Did you know bees are extremely important to our ecosystem?
We need bees to pollinate flowers, plants and a lot of our crops. And did you know bees are in trouble? For this very reason, a lot of people have taken up beekeeping or have created bee-friendly gardens to help save the bees. After all, it's nice to be a part of the solution and not the problem isn't it?
4 Ways to Help Save the Bees
- Say no to pesticides
- Relocate - don't exterminate
If you discover a beehive in an inconvenient spot on your property - call a beekeeper to relocate it instead of an exterminator.
- Cultivate bee-friendly plants and flowers
- Support your local beekeepers
Are you an amateur beekeeper?
Do you really like honey?
Then you'll love the resources listed below. Inside the pages of these incredibly useful books you'll find creative ways to use honey, beeswax, propolis and more.
This is part of a series of blog posts about bees. We hope you find them informative.
Sweet as Honey
Uses in Cooking and Other Creative Projects
Honey: From Flower to Table by Stephanie Rosenbaum
Just like the highly successful Lavender Garden, Honey: From Flower to Table dips into the myth, magic, science, and literature behind this sacred and sensuous food. Author Stephanie Rosenbaum traces the amazing process that turns flower nectar into honey, and takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the history and symbolism of honey. Cooking and crafting chapters include recipes for mouthwatering honey delicacies and step-by-step instructions for simple crafts like honeycomb candles and lip balms. A sumptuous feast for the senses, Honey perfect for honey lovers or anyone who fills life with sweet inspiration.
The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen by Laurey Masterton
Indulge your sweet tooth all year long with honey's many seasonal flavors. With 84 recipes that highlight a different honey varietal for each month of the year, author Laurey Masterson showcases the versatility of this incomparable natural sweetener. Use avocado honey to add depth to April's baby carrots; spice up your July peaches with sourwood honey; and add some cranberry honey to November's Thanksgiving spread. This delightful book is filled with bits of honey lore and beekeeping history to sweeten your exploration of the varied and delicious ways you can use honey every day.
Beehive Alchemy: Projects And Recipes Using Honey, Beeswax, Propolis, And Pollen To Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Creams, Salves, and More by Petra Ahnert
From crayons to cough drops, cookies to candles, "Beehive Alchemy" offers a comprehensive introduction to incorporating the miracle of bees into everyday life. With this book, beekeepers (and bee lovers) will learn about the benefits and attributes of beeswax, honey, propolis, and more alongside a full range of projects and techniques to process and harness the amazing gifts of bees. Whether you keep bees or just love them, Beehive Alchemy will become your go-to comprehensive guide for hive-to-home creations.
Beekeeper's Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities And Experiments Exploring The Life Of The Hive by Kim Lehman
Fill the year ahead with weekly activities from around and about the hive, including art projects, recipes, experiments, garden activities, and more! Bees are important to local ecosystems, now more than ever. If you keep bees or are interested in keeping bees, this is the book for you. Filled with 52 beekeeping and hive-inspired projects to keep you involved with your bees and hive all year long. The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, and rewarding. Try a new technique each week with how-tos and sidebars with tips that are perfect for including the whole family. Beekeeping is a fun and educational hobby for the whole family to enjoy and is a highly impressive skill to possess!
The Benevolent Bee: Capture the Bounty of the Hive through Science, History, Home Remedies and Craft by Stephanie Bruneau
Get the buzz on bees, honey, hive behavior, and all the things you can make with bee products in "The Benevolent Bee." A honeybee hive produces much more than honey; it also produces pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, and bee venom. And humans have found uses for all these products. This book will describe how and why the bees make these products, how they've been used by humans throughout the ages, and how beekeepers harvest the products. It will also present simple do-it yourself recipes for using the products in health and wellness, body care, nutrition, and craft.
Learn More About Bees and Honey Online
National Honey Month - Bee Culture
September is National Honey Month! - American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
Our Ancient Ancestors Probably Loved Honey Too - Smithsonian
10 Surprising Benefits of Honey - Healthline
Honey Recipes - BBC Food
7 Honey Recipes for National Honey Week - Veggie Magazine
15 Heavenly Honey Desserts - Woman's Day
Why Bees are Important to our Planet - One Green Planet
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