• 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. …

  • Beekeeping,  Beekeeping Supplies

    Pollen Traps for Beehives

    Everyone knows that you can harvest honey from beehives, but did you know that you can harvest pollen as well?  Pollen is a valuable commodity in the health industry, as many people take it as a dietary supplement. Beekeepers collect pollen by using pollen traps for beehives.   What is Pollen? Pollen is a fine powder that is produced by male plants.  This powder contains the male reproductive cells of flowering plants.  To reproduce, the pollen must move from the stamen of the male plant to the pistil of the female plant. Some plants are self pollinating and can do this on their own.  Others require pollination from the wind, birds,…