Here are suppliers we’ve used, websites and blogs that have good information, and other miscellaneous stuff that we think you might find interesting.

Beekeeping Supplies

Dadant & Sons

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

Beekeeping Books

The ABC and XYZ Of Bee Culture: an Encyclopedia of Beekeeping by Roger Morse

Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston

Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobson — This is a great book, a must read!

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad



Daffodil Planter

Garden Rant


Butterflies of North America — good overview on Monarchs and other butterfly species.

New Canaan Nature Center – Creating Habitats for Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly Journey North — sign up to help track the Monarch migration.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Monarch Butterfly Migration — great migration maps and info on things you can do to help the Monarch, including gardening recommendations. Landscaping for Butterflies

Milkweed and Monarchs — learn why milkweed is so important to Monarchs.

A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore by Joanna Burger — nice chapter (pg 194) about monarch migration on Cape May, New Jersey.

Chicken Books

Chickens in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide by Rick and Gail Luttman

Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs and Other Small Places by Barbara Kilarski

Food Containers

SKS Bottle & Packaging — a large selection of bottles, jars and tins for storing or gifting honey, dried herbs, preserves and the like. We’d recommend the glass or metal containers, of course.

Gardening Books

The Landscaping Ideas of Jays: A Natural History of The Backyard Restoration Garden by Judith Larner Lowry — A beautifully written book chock full of information about California native plants. It made me weep with descriptions of lost flower fields, extinct plants, and knowledge of resources extinguished. And, it thrilled me with ideas on how to help rescue what’s left.

High Mountain Gardening

Denver Botanic Gardens — link to their high-altitude gardener database, which will help you with plant selection and cultivation.

Plant Select —  a program designed to seek out and distribute the very best plants for gardens from the high plains to the intermountain region

How To

Fine Gardening Pronunciation Guide for Plants — if this isn’t the best thing since sliced bread, we don’t know what is. A comprehensive list of plant names. Click to hear the correct pronunciation and never be embarrassed again!

The Barefoot Beekeeper — natural, chemical-free beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

Top Bar Hive Feeder — pictures of a nice wooden feeder.

How to Build a Top Bar Hive — step-by-step instructions for building a Top Bar Hive or a link to a PDF version

University of California Integrated Pest Management (UC IPM) – a fantastic resource that will help you identify pests and weeds in your garden and home and tell you how to manage them starting with the least environmentally harmful solution.


Native Roots Garden Center — in Durango, CO. Specializing in locally-grown plants that perform in the harsh Four Corners environment.

Tree of Life Nursery — California Native Plants in San Juan Capistrano, CA

Know Your Plants — Safe or Poisonous? — UC ANR provides lists of garden plants that are safe or poisonous. Poisonous plants are rated as to toxicity by both their common and/or scientific names. Super useful.


Johnny’s Selected Seeds – lots of choices including organic seeds and supplies.

Renee’s Garden Seeds — gourmet vegetables, kitchen herbs, cottage garden flowers.

Seeds of Change — certified organic seeds.

Territorial Seed Company — seeds, plants, tools, etc.

Web Sites

Beekeepers Association of the Ozarks

Plant Native — a great resource for finding native plants in your region.

Help the Honeybees — Normally I wouldn’t put a “corporate” site here, but Häagen-Dazs’ heart is in the right place and their site is so beautifully done I couldn’t resist.

Urban Bee Gardens — a great website by the folks at UC Berkeley with everything you need to know about native and non-native bees in California.

Links to More Information

Come Hither, Bumblebee, and Pollinate — Anne Raver writes in the NY Times about the advantages of native plants in the garden.

Let’s Hear It for the Bees — Fascinating article about bees and flowers. You will learn things you never knew.

A radio interview on WGBH that gives a good overview of backyard beekeeping.

Link to a must-see video about Colony Collapse Disorder called Silence of the Bees.

A nice post on Gardening Gone Wild about what honeybees like to eat and where they find it in the early spring in Pennsylvania.

A fantastic list of plants that honeybees like on Wikipedia.

UC Berkeley has done a great job of researching plants that will attract bees in Northern and Southern California and helpful info specifically for urban bees gardens.

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