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Invite Mason Bees into Your Backyard


Bees have been in the news lately because of the important role they play in pollinating crops. Even President Obama has gotten involved by launching a new strategy to help honeybees and other pollinators. Although I’d like to do more to help pollinators, I’m not ready to put a hive in my city backyard. Instead, […]

When There’s No Room in the Hive: Divide


Our daughter called in a panic last week to say that our year-old hive of bees was swarming. “It looks like a huge cloud of bees and they’re heading for a tree in the yard,” she said. By the time my husband, Don, and I got home, the bees had lodged near the top of […]

My First Year with Backyard Bees

Setting up a new hive

Bees have always fascinated me. My father was a passionate gardener and I grew up with 11 siblings tending our family garden and our 32 apple, pear and cherry trees. There were bees everywhere — all kinds of bees. We tolerated the occasional bee stings because we knew that the bees were vital to the […]

Hey gardeners: be sure to thank the pollinators

bee covered in pollen

It’s National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate the hardworking bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects and animals that promote healthy ecosystems. Protecting pollinators isn’t just good for the planet; it’s good for you, too — because about one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. […]

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