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From Iron Oak Farm.
There are two ways to acquire Mason bees for your bee house. You can supply an alluring environment and draw native species to your yard. Or you can purchase Mason bees from a supplier. Attracting Mason Bees to Your Yard As I’ve mentioned in previous posts you can attract Mason bees by […]Read more »
There are generally two ways in which you can raise Mason Bees. You can go at it with a hands-off approach and let nature take its course or you can take some quick and easy additional steps to ensure a healthier Mason Bee population. Any help really that you’re willing to provide will be appreciated […]Read more »
Mason bees look for tiny holes in the wild to lay their brood. Bee friendly places might be holes bored into trees by other insects or the stems of dried reeds and other plants. Ideally, the hole should be around 8mm (around the width of a pencil) and 3-4 inches deep. The female bee will […]Read more »
Honeybees tend to get all the attention when it comes to beneficial insects that help to pollinate our world. The sweet honey that they produce goes a long way in moving them up in the popularity contest. But did you know that there are over 4000 bee species in North America? Many of these […]Read more »
I’ve raised chickens since 1993 and in those 24 years I’ve encountered many-a broody chicken. But never have I ever heard of a broody bee…until now. I’ve been fascinated with Bumblebees lately. I’ve always found them adorable, like little yellow Teddy Bears buzzing around the garden. But recently I’ve been doing some research to […]Read more »
It’s the end of November in Michigan, we’ve already had several snow falls, the temperature today is 29 degrees outside, and I just killed a mosquito in our bathroom. It always amazes me how resilient insects are. In the winter, I often look across our field covered in white drifts of snow, sometimes several […]Read more »
In my opinion, there is nothing more olde-kitchen, Americana, hearth and home than a pie. Some of my favorite pies are what I like to call “Humble Pies”. And not in the sense of the proverbial gesture to be more unpretentious. But more in the sense of humble ingredients. Things you have on hand, in […]Read more »
We’re starting to experience temperatures in the 30’s here in Michigan. The trees in our yard are bare of their leaves and it’s starting to look like winter. The sky has that long shadowy dreariness where even at the sun’s peak there’s still a hint of dusk. In the winter, moisture is the bee […]Read more »
Winter is coming… We live in Michigan and the Farmer’s Almanac says we’re in for a doozy…The signs are all there. I have a few “superstition”/“wives tale” type clues that I swear by. The oaks are LOADED with acorns this year. We had a cool summer following a mild winter (so we’re due) […]Read more »
We all know that bees can sting. Perhaps, after making honey and pollination, stinging might be what bees are most known for. It may seem obvious that bees protect themselves by using their stinger, but in reality, the sting is a bee’s last resort. When a bee stings, it kills the bee. The stinger […]Read more »