Plants & Pollination

Pollinator Haven
March 25, 2022 · · Plants & Pollination

No matter where we live, pollinators play an integral role in the success of our gardens and the success of the overall ecosystem. As their populations continue to decline, we can ensure their recovery by providing pesticide-free food sources, adequate shelter, and dependable water.

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Wildflowers for Pollinators/Bees
March 13, 2022 · · Plants & Pollination

While it is true that much of beekeeping is far from our control, providing a local food source in the form of wildflowers for pollinators is doable with a little planning.

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Growing Early Flowering Plants for Bees

Add to Favorites For most gardeners, fall is the time to bring in the last of the harvest, preserve and store what you’ve harvested, and put the garden to bed …

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A List of Plants That Attract Bees

For thousands of years, bees have been helping feed people, but now in the face of an onslaught of chemicals and disease, they’re in need of a helping hand. One course of action you can take is growing plants that attract bees.

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Which Garden Veggies Do Bees Pollinate?
February 13, 2022 · · Plants & Pollination

Even if we lose all of our honeybees, we will not, as a nation nor as mankind, starve to death. However, because roughly a third of the food we eat requires bees for pollination, we will be forced to greatly modify our food expectations.

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Dreaming of Summer
January 9, 2022 · · Plants & Pollination

Back in the day, bees could take flowers for granted. They just emerged in the spring, feasted, mated, and generally enjoyed life. Nowadays, food and habitat are much more precarious.

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Bumblebees: The Big Buzz Pollinator

Most of us are familiar with bumblebees, primarily due to their size, bright yellow and black colors, and loud buzzing. This calm, passive bee, of which there are about 50 species in the United States, is one of the largest native bees, with the queen being about twice the size of her workers.

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Keeping Both Mason Bees and Honey Bees
October 31, 2021 · · Plants & Pollination

Many people, especially those with fruit trees to pollinate, want to keep both mason bees and honey bees in the same yard. But is that good for the bees? Will they harm each other or compete for resources? How close is too close?

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Should I Split if I See Queen Cells on Three Frames?

If I have queen cells on three different frames, and I know they are going to swarm. This is a new colony from a nuc. Could I make a split from this situation?

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Which Bees are Attracted to Douglas Fir Sap?

On a frame that has emerged queen cells and capped queen cells, is it most likely that the capped cell contents have been killed and of no use in trying to raise a queen in a nuc? Are these cells eventually torn down by the workers?

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