A-Z Beekeeping with the Slovenian hive

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‘This is not a miracle hive, one more from many. It is a proven and survived concept from the country with an old beekeeping tradition, from the country that gave us the first governmental beekeeping teacher in Central Europe and that had live contacts over the ocean with an exchange of beekeeping experts as well as involvement in main spread of the well-known Carniolan bee. The original hive design was developed during direct experience with the American way of beekeeping at the end of 19th century, but slowly introduced at the beginning of 20th century. It overrode all other concepts and with some new innovations is staying alive among Slovenian professional beekeepers. The book is a result of an old wish to describe Slovenian way of beekeeping and finally encouraged by an urgent need of modern adopters from USA. It was a long time ago that I prepared a simple description with some drawings of Slovenian AZ hive at University web pages. From time to time someone contacted me for additional explanation. Until recently I didn’t have enough courage to focus on writing a comprehensive book or at least booklet that could help beekeepers that understand English, to try the Slovenian way of beekeeping. Actually two beekeepers from USA, Suzanne and Mark, started with our hives nearly independently and close one to each other. One with previous leaving experience in Slovenia, the other with ancestors in Slovenia, both fell in love with Slovenia first, and later recognized the special beauty of the Slovenian way of beekeeping. Both approached me to help in their future endeavors. Mark soon came with idea that early adopters of AZ hive will need some kind of user guide. So we had several meetings when he visited Slovenia and made a master plan. That was how this book started to become basic help for nowadays beekeepers that want to use a hive that enables them further enjoyment regardless of obstacles that arrive with aging or other reasons. You will be able to find basic information about what the hive looks like and how to start beekeeping in the Slovenian way. My special emphasis is on a bee house which I count for a beekeeper as a “bee chapel”. Our hives are very suited for such arrangements.” I have written above statements without my American friend William Blomstedt, who helped out to put my thoughts in readable English. You might remember him from reading his beekeeping articles from his experience with beekeeping around the World, also Slovenia. Special thanks to William and all who encouraged me and helped in preparing this second edition!

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