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Invite Mason Bees into Your Backyard

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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

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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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