The Backyard Beekeeper – Revised and Updated, 3rd Edition

The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated, 3rd Edition!
The Backyard Beekeeper – Revised and Updated, 3rd Edition

The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on “greening” your beekeeping with sustainable practices, how to use top bar hives, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook – all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference.

This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of beekeeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You’ll learn the best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you’ll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included.

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How to treat anemia, lethargy and lack of energy in your dog, cat or other best friends & family!

How to treat anemia, lethargy and lack of energy in your dog, cat or other best friends and family!How to treat anemia, lethargy and lack of energy in your dog, cat or other best friends & family!

Anemia is generally quite easy to cure, particularly if caused simply by low constitution, infection, overreating of poor substances or similar reasons.  If caused by a form of cancer or similar problem, you will want to deal with the cancer first or alongside the treatment for the anemia.

The solution for anemia is quite simple, you will want to restore the iron content in the bloodstream for a period of 4 months or more.  While this “could” be accomplished by adding x amount of molasses to foods, this is not a good solution for a couple of reasons.  First, you are adding quite a lot of sugar-like substance to the diet and altering the diet altogether.  This can lead to secondary health or psychological problems that can then lead to other disorders.  We’re looking to avoid all of that.  The other reason is, the body will naturally reduce iron content in the blood in order to starve off certain iron eating infections or bacteria until they are killed off or handled in some other way by the body.  The iron in molasses is a free iron, easily absorbed and digested by both the creature eating it and by such negative microbes.  This makes the body limit the availability of iron via the molasses based source.

This is not the case with organ meats.  Organ meats, particularly liver, is very high in iron, as well as vitamin A, and is rich in a form of iron that is only readily available to the creature ingesting it, making it difficult for any form of infection to scavenge this form of complex iron.  This means that your animals (or even human being for that matter) eating the liver will have a free and ready supply of iron in the blood again, which will allow the body to begin building back up in strength and supplying oxygen to the body more readily until all of the necessary changes and repairs are made.

While preparing fresh liver is an idea, it is soon exhausting or even annoying when one considers that it is best carried out for a period of 4 months or more.  We recommend the more readily available and storeable freeze dried livers.  Freeze dried chicken liver is an excellent source of both vitamin A and iron and will bring your animal around from most anemia, low energy or conditions associated with anemia, or even vit A deficiency of course.

For the average cat, you will want to sprinkle approx. 2 tbsp onto their food per week.  Since freeze dried liver is brittle and easily crumbled into a powder or close to, sprinkling onto or into existing or regular food and the ability to measure the appropriate amounts are both very easily accomplished.

For the average smaller dog, you will want to give the feline dose above, or perhaps smaller based on weight.  The above measure is for a typical cat of about 10-13lbs.

For the average large dog, you will want to feed them approx. 1-2tbsp or 1-2 pieces per day.

Keep in mind that the liver is very high in iron and vit A, so do not continue vit A supplements or iron supplements when supplementing with liver!

Also, beta-carotene is not an appropriate vit A supplement, since most animals do not process it through the body like human beings are capable of (important info for those thinking beta carotene harmless when using other vit A sources such as liver!)

Please keep an eye on your family members for behavioral changes and adjust your dosages accordingly.  However, the doses given above are the approx. effective doses for the material to treat anemia.

We highly recommend the tried and true Stewart brand chicken liver variety, however, any form of 100% pure, freeze dried chicken livers with no additives should work out just fine!

You can find a great freeze dried chicken liver here:

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Do like you oughter, add the acid to the water

Friendly reminder - do like you oughter add the acid to the water.A helpful old time tip from HS3 for those mixing their own chemicals or working with acids, bases, farming, prospecting or inventing / tinkering at home or on the homestead!

Remember, “Do like you oughter, add the acid to the water”.  In this way you avoid frothing, foaming, gassing or other unpleasant surprises while working with chemistries.  Always submerge your ore or other materials in a water bath FIRST, then add the acids, bases or other chemicals to the water bath or damp materials.

You can find excellent materials on chemical recipes or making and running your own home laboratory here:

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DIY Homemade OxiClean Recipe!

DIY homemade oxiclean recipe!DIY Homemade OxiClean Recipe!

Materials needed

1 part sodium percarbonate
1 part sodium carbonate
1 part baking soda
1 part hydrogen peroxide (3-5% solution)
1 part any detergent or dish soap

Add to at least 10-20 or more parts warm or very warm water – minimum (at least double the above equal part ingredients listed, even for surface or spot cleaning!)
A small amount of the above ingredients goes a long way.  For example, adding only 1/4 cup of each of the above ingredients to your wash is typically far more than what is actually needed to clean your whites!

*Of course you can leave out the sodium percarbonate, however you will get much better results using it!  But without it, you will still get good results.  Just keep in mind however that the original OxiClean recipe uses sodium percarbonate as it’s primary ingredient!  Essentially you are making the real deal OxiClean at home, minus some surfactants and fragrances.


1. Ready a water solution in the sink or washer by filling with warm or very warm water.  You can choose to use hot water, but hot water can be damaging to some materials, fabrics, plastics, glass, etc.

2. Add your ingredients one at a time and stir, mix or agitate until dissolved in appropriately.

3. Remember, not much is needed!  If you are doing a full load of laundry, adding 1/4-1/2 cup of each of the listed ingredients is more than sufficient to clean your whites or other such.  Always be aware of the bleaching power of hydrogen peroxide or sodium percarbonate and adjust your amounts accordingly.  Of course, extremely soiled materials or dirty materials, larger washing or soaking batches of water, etc may call for using a bit more of the cleaning materials.  Simply add more accordingly by volume.

And that’s it!  Simply use as you would regular Oxiclean and you should get amazing results!

If you’re having trouble sourcing the materials, you can find them here:

Sodium percarbonate –
Sodium carbonate –
Baking soda – (Should be able to easily source at any local store for very cheap!)
Hydrogen peroxide – (Ultra pure and powerful cleaning solution.  *Dilute to 3-5% using water before use in this or many recipes!)

If you’re looking to simply purchase Oxiclean and want none of the hassle, you can find Oxiclean here:

*You can find more on diluting your hydrogen peroxide here:

For a fast and helpful method on how to use your homemade Oxiclean, look here:

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How To Remove Labels & Other Sticky Stuff The Easy Way!

How To Remove Labels and Other Sticky Stuff The Easy Way!How To Remove Labels & Other Sticky Stuff The Easy Way!

Having trouble with gunk or labels that just can’t be removed from new or used dishes or bottles?  Looking to spend less than hours worth of your time peeling and scraping by hand, even after soaking or using soap?  If you’re attempting to use or reuse containers or bottles but are having trouble removing the labels or sticky stuff attached to them, here is an extremely simple method to remove all of the annoying stuff from your chosen items with none of the work or hassle typically associated with the process:

Materials you’ll need:

Kitchen or utility sink
30 minutes of time


1. Fill your sink with warm or very warm water (the warmer the better, but do NOT use hot water as this can be bad for many bottles, plastics or some fragile items!).

2. Toss in one heaping scoop of Oxiclean and stir with a spoon, bottle, etc until fully dissolved.

3. Place any item that needs a label or sticker material removed into the Oxiclean / water solution.

4. Wait 30 minutes.

5. When you return, the gunk will be floating at the edges of the water and the stickers will be floating about in the solution.  Simply wipe the bottles off if necessary or wash &/or rinse as usual and you’re ready to use your now fully degunked or delabeled items!

You can find OxiClean here:

For our homemade Oxiclean recipe, look here:

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30 Surprising Ways To Use A Bar of Soap

30 Surprising Ways To Use A Bar of Soap30 Surprising Ways To Use A Bar of Soap

Soap has so many more surprising uses than simply being used to wash your hands.  And the good news is that most of us always have some on hand ready to be used.  The alternative uses for soap around the home are abundant from telling you if you have a gas leak to being used as a homemade insect repellent.  Check out our list of 30 surprising ways to use a bar of soap that you have probably never thought of!

1. Gas Leak Finder

Soap is one of the best ways to determine whether or not you have a gas leak and where it is located.  To see if your gas pipes are leaking, rub wet soap all over the sides of pipes or cylinders.  If the soap bubbles anywhere, you have a leak.

2. Wood Lubricant

Rub a nail or screw with bar soap before hammering or screwing it in and it will keep the wood from splitting. Use a bar of soap to lubricate all screws, saw blades and nails before using them and it will make the metal go through the wood easily and much faster making the work get done more efficiently and saving you time.  Rubbing soap on handsaws will also result in straighter and more precise cuts.

3.  Gardening Glove Replacement

If you have work to do in the garden but cannot find your gardening gloves, soap will work to keep your nails clean.  Keep soil from getting under your fingernails by rubbing a dry bar of soap under the tips of your nails and on top of them.  The soap will keep the dirt out and your fingernails from staining and will often kill many forms of bacteria as well.

4. Leather Softener

New pairs of leather shoes often have stiff leather that can wear on the feet until the leather has been softened and broken in.  A bar of soap will naturally soften the leather quickly so the shoes are more comfortable to wear.  Just rub a slightly softened bar of soap onto the inside of the back of new leather shoes and the leather will soften up and be comfortable to wear after just a few applications.

5. Unsticking Zippers

If you have a zipper stuck you can easily fix it by rubbing a bar of soap along the zipper teeth so it will glide smoothly and will not get jammed.

6. Air Freshener

Soap is a natural air freshener.  You can pack it with you in your suitcase when you travel to keep your clothes smelling fresh and can store it in your car, drawers or even gym bags to keep clothes smelling great.

7. Unsticking Windows and Drawers

A bar of soap will work wonders on windows and drawers that get jammed partway between opening and closing.  Simple rub the soap on the sliding elements on windows and drawers and they will glide easily.

8.  Plumbing Leak Finder

Soap is a great ally in finding plumbing leaks.  If you know you have a leak, or even suspect that you do, instead of replacing the entire pipe to know you have the leak pinpointed, you can just rub a bar of damp soap along the pipe, fully covering it, and then turn on the water.  Bubbles and suds will form wherever a leak is present and water is being lost.  Then you can simply patch that spot and you will be good to go.

9. Itch Relief

Rub a damp bar of soap on any itchy area from insect bites and the itching will be relieved.

10. Check For A Tire Leak

Looking to repair the puncture on your tire, but are having trouble finding that slow leak? If no obvious screw, nail, etc. is visible, it’s possible that the object is either hiding or has been forced back out of the tire.  In this case, you can mix up a solution of water and soap and slosh the mixture about to get some sudsing and then pour this solution over the surface of your tire.  Where there is bubbling, you will know you’ve found the source of your leak!

11. Crafts

Soap is excellent for crafting.  Use a bar of soap as a sculpting medium to practice shaping and creating sculptures without spending money on clay.  As the soap is soft, it can be sculpted, imprinted and carved away.  A great idea for young kids!

12. Sled Track Lubricator

Rub a bar of soap on sled runners for a much slicker ride.  Just be sure to remember to steer away from oncoming objects!

13. Removing Floorboard Squeaks and Fixing Squeaky Doors

Rub soapy water in between the floorboards to get rid of floorboard squeaks. Place a piece of moist soap between the doorframe and hinges for squeaky doors, and move the door back and forth several times to work it in and rub soap directly onto the hinges.  The squeak will be gone!

14. Shaving Cream and Shampoo Substitute

Soap is excellent as a homemade shaving cream and shampoo.  To make your own hydrating shaving cream with soap mix together a solution of one part hot water to one part grated soap.  You can add essential oils or coconut oils to this mixture for an even smoother effect.

15. Keep Glasses From Fogging

Keep your glasses from fogging up in cold weather by rubbing soapy water over glasses and then wiping them off.  It will keep them fog-free.

16. Homemade Pincushion and Needle Lubricator For Easy Sewing

Make a homemade pincushion from a bar of soap by gluing a piece of fabric all around the bar of soap until it is entirely covered and then using it as a pincushion.  The soap will also lubricate the pins and needles and they will go through materials easily.

17. Hem Line Marker

Use a bar of soap to mark hemlines and other fabric parts before sewing.  It will wash away when you are done.

18. Loosen Tight Rings

Ring stuck on your finger or having trouble going on and off?  Just rub soap over the finger and the ring will slide on and off when the hand is washed.

19. Soot Preventer

If you are going to be cooking out over an open fire using a cast iron pan, rub a bar of soap along the bottom of the pan before putting it on the open flame.  The soap will make clean-up a breeze and prevent any soot from accumulating on the pan.

20. Wallpaper Remover

Getting ready to remove your wallpaper?  Rather than using expensive chemicals to strip the adhesive or using a professional steamer, grab a bar of soap instead.  Flake off the pieces of soap and mix them with clean hot water.  Add flakes until you have a thick and creamy mixture.  Apply this mixture to the area using a damp sponge and wait several minutes – you will be able to peel back the wallpaper with ease.

21. Jewelry Cleaner

Need to clean your jewelry?  Forget going to the jewelers and take out a bar of soap instead.  Make a solution of one cup water and a ½ cup of shredded bar soap. Place your jewelry in this mixture and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush.  Rinse and allow pieces to air dry and they will look like new!

22. Homemade Fruit Cleaner

Vegetables should always be washed before eating due to the pesticides and materials that may be on them during transit or while they were growing that have not been washed off.  You can make a homemade fruit and vegetable wash using ¼ cup of shredded bar soap with two cups of cool water and one tablespoon of vinegar. Allow fruits and vegetables to soak for 5 minutes, then rinse well and store,

23.  Prevent Dripping Watering Cans

When watering your plants you can prevent dripping from the spout by rubbing moistened soap under the lip or spout of the can.

24. Pre-treating Clothes

Instead of spending money on pre-treatments for clothes that often do not work that well, use a bar of soap on the stain instead.  Simply wet a bar of soap and rub it on the stain before washing.

25. Protecting Objects When Painting

Going to be painting a door or wall soon?  You can protect windowpanes, hardware, switchblades, knobs and glass doors by coating them with soapsuds.  If the paint splatters outside the area you want painted, the paint splatters will settle on the suds instead, and both can be washed away together with no residue left behind.

26. Pick Up Broken Glass

Had a glass break somewhere or a lightbulb break?  Call on soap to the rescue.  Simply rub a damp bar of soap over the area where glass has broken, then shave off the surface where the glass has latched on to the soap to use it for future use.  For a lightbulb that has broken, simply place a soap bar on top and turn it.

27. Loosen Stiff Locks

Have a lock that you are having trouble opening or getting the key into? Just lubricate the key with soap and it will relubricate the lock and make it work smoothly again.

28.  Preparing Homemade Newspaper Logs

To make your own newspaper logs for the fire, simply roll old newspapers tightly together and tie firmly, then soak them in soapy water and stand them on their ends to drain and dry out.

29. Windowsill Cleaner

Clean dirty windowsills by running the wet edge of a bar of soap along them.

30. Insect Repellent

Soap makes an excellent insect repellent, and one that is not loaded with pesticides as many commercial insect repellents can be.  Rub a bar of soap in a small bowl of water until the mixture becomes sudsy.  Then place this mixture into a spray bottle and spray it all over the undersides of your plants and it will deter insects from attacking or taking shelter on them.  To keep deer and rabbits out of your garden, use a strong-smelling soap and place these in sachets all around your garden which will keep them away all year long.

Making Soap From Scratch: How to Make Handmade Soap:

Smart Soapmaking: Making Traditional Handmade Soap Quickly, Safely, and Reliably:

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How To Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

How To Make Homemade Dry ShampooHow To Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo recipe is perfect for days when you have no access to a shower or want to skip the shower and still have grease free hair that looks wonderful.

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Cornmeal
2 Tablespoons Ground Oatmeal
A salt shaker type container to store dry shampoo

1. Use a blender to grind up the oatmeal. You are looking for it to be fine enough to go through a salt shaker, so be sure to blend it for enough time.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the ground oatmeal and you have an excellent dry shampoo that can be used any time you want.
3. Pour the mixture into a container for storing. A salt shaker style container works excellent for this purpose.
4. To apply, sprinkle some of the dry shampoo mixture onto your hand or onto your head directly. Rub the mixture into your hair as if you were shampooing it, concentrating on the scalp and areas where your hair is greasy. This is where the ingredients gather the oils on top of your head.
5. Go over a sink, tub or trash can and brush the mixture out of your hair. Be sure to use a bristle brush to get all the materials out completely.
6. Style your hair as usual. Your hair will not only be grease free but will look like you just showered and will style naturally.

You can find a pre-made dry shampoo here:

You can find a proper container to store and dispense the mixture from for easy pouring here:

Dry shampooing only takes a few minutes and is a great way to keep your hair healthy and shiny and looking great.

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