In part 2 of this how to series with veteran beekeeper Glen Andresen, we learn about the basic equipment needed for those relatively new to beekeeping, or just starting out.Andresen has a number of hives at his Portland (Oregon) home, and also maintains hives on other properties. These are some of the equipment items discussed, and demonstrated in this video:
- Hive Types, the key strengths and weaknesses of the Langstroth, Top Bar, and Warre hives.
- The parts of the Langstroth hives, probably the most popular type of hive.
- A variety off hive Tools, including a frame holder, bee brush and scratcher
- Special Clothing
There are (of course) many good books on basic beekeeping. One book, I can recommend (disclosure: I received a free copy in the mail), is a hardcover titled: Homemade Living: Keeping Bees —All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More published by Lark Crafts (2011).
Let us know if you have any favorite books that you have used, and can recommend to others.