The bumblebee is the gardener's friend because it is a great pollinator. Bumblebees are bigger than the common honeybee, and more round and “furry”. Like the honeybee, bumblebees feed on nectar and pollen, so planting a variety of flowers and flowering trees and shrubs for honeybees helps their giant cousins, too. We'll share some information on why bumblebees are so important, their life-cycle, and how to attract them to your yard and garden. [Read more…] about Bumblebee – Super Charged Pollinator for Your Yard and Garden
Ever considered beekeeping? Wondering if homestead bees might be a valuable addition to your yard and garden?
Beekeeping is not as difficult as you might think, and there are many reasons it might be right for you and your family. As a homesteader, there are many benefits you may realize by adding beekeeping into your self-reliance skills.
Here are 7 great reasons to welcome bees to your world. [Read more…] about 7 Reasons You Need Homestead Bees
I've been thinking about writing this post for several weeks now, ever since I first saw a Facebook meme telling people to leave the dandelions for the bees because dandelions are one of the bees' first spring food sources. At first glance, this sounds like a great idea. Bees like flowers, I like bees – save the flowers, save the bees. Easy peasy. The thing is, the dandelion saving movement has gone militant. Bloggers, foodies and gardeners everywhere are under attack because they pick the dandelions and eat them themselves. Over a dozen friends have received angry comments over their use of dandelions, with indignant internet users flaming them with rude remarks for “stealing from the bees”. It's time to inject a little common sense into this dandelion madness. [Read more…] about Stop the Dandelion Madness! Making Peace with Dandelions and Bees