Bees Make the Best Pets

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All the Buzz on Bees and Beekeeping

#1 Bestseller in Entomology

What happens when a writer sets up a backyard beehive? You get a book full of fun and fascinating facts on bumblebees, honeybees, worker bees, and the rest of our favorite pollinators.

A bee swarm of trivia, tips, legend, and lore. Writer and beekeeper Jack Mingo lives with half a million bees. So, it’s safe to say he’s picked up a thing or two at his bee farm. In this collection of humorous, unique, and often unusual observations, Mingo shows us a glimpse of the mystical and matriarchal world of bees and bee culture.

A book full of bee facts, anecdotes, and advice. How many legs do bees have? Enough not to crowd your bed at night. They don't track mud or fleas into the house, and if you leave them in the yard they won’t bark and whine. They greet you with honey and beeswax, not dead mice. And these are just some of the reasons bees make the best pets. Whether you’re flirting with beekeeping, looking to save the bees, or growing into your role as reigning queen bee, there’s something new to learn. Step into Mingo’s quirky hive to get a taste of tidbits like:

  • The role of bees in the Civil War
  • The legend of caroling bees on Christmas Eve
  • The color and quality of local honey

If you enjoyed books like The Beekeepers BibleThe Bees in Your Backyard, or The Lives of Bees, then you’ll love Bees Make the Best Pets.

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Every Garden Is a Story

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Embrace and Awaken the Gardener in You

In this beautifully written and designed gardening guide, Susannah Seton takes you on a journey to maintaining the perfect garden, all the while offering invaluable life advice that both applies to and transcends your at-home garden center.

Read inspiring stories from a seasoned gardener. Susannah Seton reminds us in Every Garden is a Story that the reader and the gardener alike have much to learn from their gardens. In her book, Seton incorporates poignant and touching stories, ranging from her father's quest for a seven-headed sweet pea to cancer survival.

Learn how to nurture your garden (and yourself)! Seton teaches readers how to care for themselves (and their loved ones) by caring for the Earth. Inside these pages, find an extensive resource section of garden centers, online seed catalogs, and recommended reading to satisfy your green thumb. Intertwined throughout these pages are also tips on how to become in touch with the natural world and how to let go of unnecessary stress.

Utilize invaluable gardening techniques and garden-based crafts. Did you know you can grow your own luffa sponges? Want to encourage your children to eat more vegetables? Seton’s gardening book contains dozens of recipes, ranging from red pepper soup to stir-fried asparagus. Seton also incorporates a plethora of gardening tips and crafts, such as how to make Mother’s Day sachets, how to select a meaningful bouquet, and how to make hanging planters.

Inside, find:

  • Invaluable advice on cultivating your garden and your cherished relationships
  • Beautiful imagery, ranging from stunning pictures of raised garden beds to magical portraits of moon gardens
  • Arts & crafts to satisfy your creative side
  • Endless gardening techniques and garden-to-table recipes

If you enjoyed gardening books like A Woman’s Garden, The Well-Gardened Mind, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, or The Hidden Life of Trees, you’ll love Every Garden is a Story.

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Simple Pleasures

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Simple Pleasures Series

The Art of Living Well Year-Round

An abundant sourcebook of ideas, inspirational quotes, recipes, and activities, Simple Pleasures shows you how to appreciate the simple things that make up your daily life.

Secrets to happiness. Happiness in today’s frantic world is to learn how to enjoy less than we can afford. Rediscover the pleasures our grandparents knew when life was quieter and slower. When children without TVs knew how to amuse themselves. When pleasures were made not bought and enjoyed all the more because of it. From the recipe for a homemade herbal bath to quick and easy recommendations for an instant room makeover, the suggestions collected in this book offer a new appreciation for the everyday activities that nurture and comfort you.

Self-care made easy. Organized seasonally and full of touching stories, practical tips, and dozens of satisfying crafts, Simple Pleasures is both a guide to and a celebration of the art of living well. Inside, find self-care tips and learn how to:

  • Make your own perfume and body lotion
  • Create old fashioned sachets
  • Bake the world’s best cookies

If you enjoyed other books in the Simple Pleasures series by Susannah Seton such as 365 Simple PleasuresSimple Pleasures of the Home, and Simple Pleasures for the Holidays or books like The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-CareThe Self Care Prescription, or The Spirit Almanac, you’ll love 365 Simple Pleasures.

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Simple Pleasures of the Garden

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Simple Pleasures of the Garden is a treasure chest of tips, how-to's, stories, and trade secrets gathered together in one beautiful book. Organized by season, the hundreds of suggestions and recipes present a profusion of ways to celebrate the bounty of the Earth all year round.

Projects include handcrafted lotions and oils, baskets and wreaths, potpourris and floral waters, along with dozens of simple, inexpensive home decorations and easy-to-prepare recipes that utilize all of your garden's harvest. From compost tea to confetti corn chowder, Simple Pleasures of the Garden will inspire you to bestow the comforts and charms of your garden on family and friends.

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