The Bees Are Back!

Saturday: The bees are coming today! To get ready for their arrival, I'm preparing their sugar syrup and making a homemade version of Honey B Healthy, a nourishing supplement that is added to the syrup. I'll be teaching my co-workers how to be beekeepers and they'll be installing the bees on Sunday with my guidance. Ray built us... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Caring for Bees

This week marks the fourth annual National Pollinator Week. Bees are probably the first thing that come to mind when we think about pollinators, but there are many others that deserve our gratitude and care — hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, and beetles to name a few. I love honeybees best so that's what I'm going to... Continue Reading →

Ground-nesting Bees

A reader asked us if we knew how to deal with some pesky ground-nesting bees that have made their home in potted plants in her nursery. She's concerned that they might bother her customers, so we did some research and found out lots of interesting things. Ground-nesting bees are part of a large group of... Continue Reading →

What About the Bees?!

Mary Beth: Winter is coming, I think, and even though the weather continues to be unusually warm for this time of year, I've been getting the bees ready. So, what about the bees? Every time I tell someone that Ray and I are moving back to Colorado (Ch, Ch, Changes), I hear this question. I'll... Continue Reading →

A Rant About a Rant

Barbara: I got a call this morning from Mary Beth directing me to Garden Rant blog. Today's guest rant, "Who cares about honeybees, anyway?" by Xris, the Flatbush Gardener had gotten her all worked up, and rightly so. As I read it, I could feel my blood pressure rising. This rant, by someone who is... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Organic Gardening

Mary Beth & Barbara: Here's another post where we're going to let the pictures tell the story. All we really want to say is that the rewards for not using chemical pesticides are many. Some are obvious, like just knowing that you're not adding to the chemical load in the environment. Others are more subtle... Continue Reading →

Going Native, Pollinators Welcome

B: My plants are finally in the ground. It seemed like such a long process. And the truth is it kind of was. Per my usual habit, I had to research EVERYTHING; partly because I just need to know and partly because I HATE making mistakes. And that’s ridiculous, of course. I mean really, what's... Continue Reading →

A California Bee Garden

B: To kill the lawn or not to kill the lawn? That is the question. As we've been writing this blog, I've spent lots of time thinking of ways I can help the honeybees. Since I live in an over-regulated, zero-lot line suburban community, where the locals' favorite activity is making sure EVERYONE follows the... Continue Reading →

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