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Backyard Beekeeping June/July 2022
August 5, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Beekeeping June/July 2022 — 2/3 is now available! Subscribe to Backyard Beekeeping for great stories on mason bees, honey extractors, splits, how to clean a smoker, recipes, and more!

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Why We Need to Protect Native Pollinator Habitat

Regardless of whether we live a rural lifestyle, an urban one, or something in between, our existence and continuance of the world as we know it is dependent on an ecosystem of small insect pollinators and native pollinator habitat that most people rarely notice.

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The Basics of Making a Bee Hotel
September 26, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

Learn how to make a bee hotel and why it’s important to support your native solitary bees.

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How to Support Your Solitary Bee Population

There are more than 20,000 species of solitary bees. Native to nearly every corner of the globe, they are adapted to a vast diversity of climates and habitats.

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Raising Mason Bees: Do’s and Don’ts
September 26, 2022 · · Plants & Pollination

Raising mason bees is as simple as buying or making suitable housing and placing it where it will be discovered by the bees that already live in your area. If you don’t buy mason bees, starting is a bit slower, but the results are worth the wait.

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Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are a great treat made with honey and chocolate for a flavor burst twist on a classic cookie.

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Honey Bee Starvation
September 21, 2022 · · Honey & Beeswax

Preventing honey bee starvation is one of the first skills a new beekeeper needs to master and yet is highly variable according to region.

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Should You Feed Native Bees?

Should you feed native bees? Josh Vaisman explains the whys and why nots.

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How to Make Fondant for Bees
September 9, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Fondant for bees is a little different than the fondant that you find at the bakery. The bakery fondant can have high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, coloring, and flavorings added to it. Making fondant for bees is a lot like making candy.

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How to Make Pollen Patties
September 9, 2022 · · Health & Pests

To get started making your own patties, you’ll need a recipe. Many are readily available online with many folks adding various supplements such as essential oils, amino acids, or probiotics. However, it’s often best to begin by keeping it simple.

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Feeding Honey Bees 101
September 9, 2022 · · Hive Highlights

Feeding honey bees? Wait a sec! I thought that’s the reason we got honey bees … so they can feed us.

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