• Solitary Bees

    The Best Mason Bee House Location

    Spring is here, so it’s the perfect time to set up a mason bee house. One of the most important things you can do is find the best mason bee house location.  If you place your bee house in a location that is not suitable for bees, they may look for shelter elsewhere.   So, how do you find the best mason bee house location?  It’s actually pretty easy. You must take the following into account: orientation, height, mounting, forage, and nesting material.   Why Raise Mason Bees? If you have a garden, you can benefit from mason bees.  They are amazing pollinators – 120 times more effective than honey bees.  If…

  • Reviews,  Solitary Bees

    Crown Bees Mason Bee Cocoons Review

    If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already saw my posts yesterday about my mason bee cocoons. I thought I’d do a Crown Bees mason bee cocoon review on here, in case anyone is interested. Ordering Mason Bee Cocoons from Crown Bees I got a brand new mason bee house this year and decided to get some mason bee cocoons as well. I ordered them online from Crown Bees, since they are a well known and trusted company. The ordering process was really simple. On their website, you can choose which type of solitary bee cocoon you would like to order. If you want bees for spring, choose…

  • Solitary Bees

    How to Attract Bees to a Bee House

    Spring is almost here, so that means that if you haven’t yet, it’s time to plan your garden.  Whether you plant fruits and vegetables, or just flowers, it’s beneficial to have a bee house.   Bee houses are not the same as beehives.  While beehives house honey bees for the purpose of collecting honey, bee houses are for solitary bees.  Solitary bees do not make honey, but are excellent pollinators.  Some people buy mason or leafcutter bee cocoons for their bee houses.  Others set up the house and wait for the bees to come on their own.  Read on to learn how to attract bees to a bee house.   Disclosure: As…

  • Solitary Bees

    How to Raise Native Bees

    Learning how to raise native bees is a great spring or summer activity that the whole family can enjoy.  It’s so fascinating to see the bees flying to and from their bee house.   Not only does raising native bees help to increase their declining population, it is also beneficial to you.  Native bees, such as mason bees and leafcutter bees are excellent pollinators. Add a bee house to your garden to see an increase in your harvest.  Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What are Native Bees? When you think of a…

  • Bees,  Honey

    How Much Honey do Bees Need to Survive Winter?

    Winter can be a challenging time for bees and for beekeepers. There are no flowers for bees to forage from, and beekeepers are limited to minimal hive inspections.  Luckily, bees spend all year preparing by storing honey.  For beekeepers, it is important to know how much honey bees need to survive the winter.  What do Bees do in the Winter? While some people think that bees hibernate in the winter, that is not true. Instead, bees focus on staying warm. Bees are cold blooded, so it is important for them to maintain a warm temperature within their hive.  To do so, they form what is called a winter cluster.   Winter…

  • Bees,  Solitary Bees

    Mason Bees for Pollination

    When you think of pollinators, you probably think of honey bees and butterflies, but there is an insect that is 120 times more effective at pollination than honey bees.  That insect is the mason bee.  Mason bees are gentle, solitary bees that are beneficial for any garden.   In this article you will learn all about the mason bee, how to care for them, and where to find mason bee cocoons for sale.   Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Mason Bee? Like the leafcutter bee, mason bees are excellent pollinators.  Mason…

  • Bees,  Solitary Bees

    A Guide to the Leafcutter Bee

    When you think of solitary bees, the mason bee likely comes to mind first, but I find the leafcutter bee equally or even more interesting.  Leafcutter bees are quite common across the US.  They are wonderful pollinators, pollinating crops such as blueberries, onions, carrots, and alfalfa.   Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Leafcutter Bee? Leafcutter bees are solitary bees that are known for cutting circular pieces of leaves to construct their nests.  They are very gentle and rarely sting, and are excellent pollinators.  They differ from honey bees in that…

  • Bees,  Gardening

    Why Are Pollinator Gardens Important?

    Pollinator gardens are not only beautiful, they actually play a crucial role in our ecosystem. So, why are pollinator gardens important? Should you start a pollinator garden at home? Read on to find out. Disclosure: As an affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What is a Pollinator Garden? A pollinator garden is a type of garden that is planted specifically to attract pollinating insects.  This is done by planting nectar and pollen producing plants, as well as plants that provide shelter for pollinators.   Pesticides should be prohibited in pollinator gardens, as it will kill pollinating insects. …

  • Bees,  Solitary Bees

    Where to Buy Mason Bees and How to Care for Them

    While mason bees look similar to honey bees, they behave very differently.  The biggest difference between the two is that mason bees are solitary. While honey bees live in a hive with thousands of other bees, mason bees live alone.   Because of the mason bees docile nature, many people have had interest in having a mason bee house in their garden.  Buying a mason bee house is easy, but once you get that set up you need to find out where to buy mason bees.  Mason bees are a great, low maintenance bee to raise. If you are looking for where to buy mason bees, the easiest way to buy…

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    Beekeeping,  Bees

    When to Stop Feeding Bees in Spring

    For the most part, bees can feed themselves, but there are times when a beekeeper may want to step in and offer some assistance.  Feeding bees sugar water can be very helpful to new colonies or during a nectar dearth.   While feeding bees sugar water can save a starving colony, it is also important to know when to stop feeding bees in spring. Giving bees too much sugar water when they don’t need it isn’t good for them too.  What do Bees Eat? There are three things bees eat – pollen, nectar, and honey.  Worker bees spend much of their time foraging pollen and nectar to bring back to the…