• GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 5TH EDITION

    The secret – how enjoyable and rewarding owning and maintaining a backyard hive is – is out! Not only are the benefits of owning your own hive (or hives!) numerous, this hobby that will benefit your family, your land and the environment. More backyard beehives are popping up all over the country. Whether you are a seasoned beekeeper or on still on the fence about taking the leap and starting your own hive, the 5th edition of GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey is an excellent source to help you get started!

    This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles published in GRIT magazine, covering almost everything you need to know about starting, maintaining and benefiting from owning your own beehive … everything from buying and installing your first package of bees into the new hive to cooking with the delicious honey they produce. Several articles cover step-by-step instructions on how to build your own beehive. Other articles cover how important bees and other pollinators are to the land. Plus, are you brave enough to take the “Name that Bee” quiz and identify more than 10 different species of bees?

      More articles included:
    • Homesteading With the Bees – Our bloggers offer up their well-earned expertise on keeping backyard bees.
    • Getting to Know Your Bees – The sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects.
    • Building a Top-Bar Hive – A different approach allows the beekeeper a simpler method of checking on his charges.
    • Wholesome as Honey – Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
    • How to Build a Honey Extractor – You can make an inexpensive honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store.
    • DIY Beeswax Crafts for the Home – With the increased interest in beekeeping, the use of honey and beeswax has become an artisanal trend.
    Item: 7497

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 7TH EDITION

    The Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 7th edition has more than 39 ways to be the best beekeeper! Plus, its articles include recent studies on the honey bee’s decline; businesses that provide classes for beekeepers; lessons on capturing a swarm wherever and whenever; recipes for cooking and baking with honey; and guidance for extracting and processing of honey the easy way.

    Read how to get to know your bees and the sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects. Discover the 10 items to take to the bee yard. Learn the difference between hives and the lists of pros and cons of the three top beehive designs: Top-Bar, Warre, and Langstroth. Read how to build a honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store. Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with the wholesome recipes inside this colorful guide.
    More articles include:

    • Beekeeping with a Honey Bee Allergy – I had never had a problem with honey bees, so I didn’t think too much of being stung three times in short order.
    • How to Install a Package of Bees – Your bees have arrived in the mail … now what?
    • Nectars of Nature – What’s your favorite type of honey? Learn what factors play into honing the best-tasting honey.
    • A Honey of a Meal – Honey adds something natural, healthy, and sweet to each course of any great meal: appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and soups.
    • Go Native with Wild Bees – The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
    • Solving Bee Behavior Problems – Understanding normal bee behaviors is essential to identifying unusual behavior and correcting any problems.
    Item: 8136

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO FIELD AND LAWN CARE

    Want the best-looking yard in your neighborhood? Or a sprawling green lawn that welcomes visitors as they make their way up your driveway? With the help of the Grit Guide to Field and Lawn Care you'll discover how to grow and maintain the sharpest lawn, as well as tips for safe mowing, advice for rejuvenating your lawn, and so much more.

    Packed from cover to cover with expertise on field and lawn care, this helpful guide can assist you as you decide which mower will work best for your yard. And whether you need an economical pushmower or a time-saving zero turn machine, you'll find advice on routine maintenance that will keep your mower or garden tractor on track all summer long. Read 10 ways to sustainably manage the unwanted weeds that sprout up every year. Master the ins and outs of lawn maintenance and keep your yard looking its best all summer. Plus, learn how to lawn stripe your yard: Not only will it look professionally mowed, but fertilizing and overseeding will be that much easier!

    Other articles include:

    • Rules of Engagement: Before operating any mower, it's imperative to wrap your mind around basic mowing safety.
    • (Electric) Wave of the Future: Mowers and bots that will cut your grass, without gas.
    • Mowing the Old-Fashioned Way: Use a scythe to make hay and trim your lawn.
    • Mowing and More with your ATV: Save money by turning your all-terrain vehicle into a top hand.
    • All the Trimmings: From string trimmers and edgers to the old reliable ax, here are all the tools you'll need to keep your landscape neat and tidy.
    Item: 6751

    Author: GRIT Editors

    Format: Paperback

  • GRT GUIDE TO CHICKENS 2ND EDITION

    GRIT has created more than six editions of Grit Guide to Chickens, and all have been extremely popular with readers and full of valuable, expertly written articles on raising and maintaining a healthy backyard flock. Now, Grit has compiled the best of the best chicken articles into this newly updated and revised premium issue! The second edition of the GRIT Premium: Guide to Chickens features 112 pages of articles to get you tending your flock to the best of your abilities. With this premium issue, get advice from GRIT flock owners, learn about a variety of chicken breeds, discover why and how a rooster crows, try delicious recipes for eggs and meat chickens, keep predators at bay, build a coop, and more.

    Other articles include:

    • Incredible Homestead Chickens – Easy-to-keep, chickens will provide delicious eggs and meat, plus bug control, fertilizer, and tillage.
    • Use Up Those Eggs – Without feeding the local wildlife.
    • Wintering Chickens – Fowl weather lies ahead; follow a few easy steps, and your flock won’t be vulnerable.
    • Chickens in the Garden – You can “recoop” much of the expense of raising chickens by putting their manure to work in your garden and enlisting your birds for organic pest control.
    • Adventures with Mail-Order Chickens – Certain beverages and ordering poultry do not mix.
    Item: 8416

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  • GRT PREMIUM FARMERS MARKET SPRING 2018

    Profit from your homestead with this brand-new premium issue of Grit! With Farmers Markets, learn how to: create a home-based business; break into your local farmers market; create a DIY personalized farm stand sign; become a beekeeper and grow lavender to make a profit; can jams and jellies for display at fairs; sell bread, soap, and birdhouses; and more! Do what you love to do every day, but create a business out of it. This 113-page issue contains 28 popular and relevant articles from Grit’s archives.

    Other articles include:

    • 12 Ways to Sell Your Products – Discover a variety of methods of marketing and selling produce and other items created on your farm.
    • Earning on an Acre – Intensive square-foot gardening makes it possible to make more than $43,000 per acre in produce.
    • Creating a Food Business on the Homestead – Take your kitchen skills, add a great recipe and fresh ingredients, and combine for a great way to make yourself an income opportunity.
    • Here’s Your Sign – Highlight your farm-raised produce and the personality of your homestead with a homemade sign for the farmers market or farm stand.
    • Farm Your Niche – Small operations thrive on specialty markets.
    • Market Farming in the Suburbs – Limited acreage can still provide opportunities for earning significant income.
    • Grow a Gourd, Build a Birdhouse – A fulfilling project for gardeners who might want to use a piece of their bounty to attract some feathered, crooning critters.
    • Yarn Farming – Wool from secondhand sheep, alpacas, and llamas can bring a tidy sum to the small farm, without the fuss of breeding.

    Full of expert advice and beautiful, detailed photographs, this premium issue of GRIT will have you getting a foot in your local farmers market in no time.

    Item: 8508

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