Tag: Bees

Bees

Learn how to get started with bees and bee keeping, plus what to do with your home-grown honey.  Anyone can learn to keep bees and enjoy their hard work in your garden and on your homestead.  Even kids can learn to keep bees!

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How to Plant a Fruit Tree

Here is an in-depth article on how to, where to, best time to and why you’d want to plant a fruit tree. This also includes information on companion plants for fruit trees, beneficial insect and animal habitats and what a permaculture orchard looks like. If you need to know how to REALLY plant a fruit tree and why the ones you’ve planted in the past haven’t thrived, this is the article for you! apple tree branches apples in a box apple with a heart shape carved on it

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How to Attract Mason Bees to Fruit Trees

If you’re planting backyard fruit trees or small orchard, you may have heard that mason bees can help with pollination. Here are 4 simple steps that can help you attract mason bees to your fruit trees. Step 4 includes directions for making your own mason bee house. mason bee house

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Decorate Candles with Kids this Holiday l DIY gifts or decorations for the holiday l Step by step instructions l Homestead Lady.com

Decorate Candles with Kids this Holiday

Using ones you buy or ones you make, you can decorate candles with kids this holiday for simple decoration or to give as gifts. This is a frugal DIY holiday gift and decoration idea that also provides a new and useful skill. Plus, it’s super fun to decorate candles with kids at parties for any holiday – Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas! Why send your guests home with plastic toys and more candy? Decorate candles together for a unique craft; here’s how. Decorate Candles with Kids this Holiday l DIY gifts or decorations for the holiday l Step by step instructions l Homestead Lady.com

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Raised Bed Gardens What to do in Fall and Winter l A list of garden to-do's to remember l Homestead Lady.com

Raised Garden Beds: What To Do in Fall and Winter

Raised Bed Gardens What to do in Fall and Winter l A list of garden to-do's to remember l Homestead Lady.comWhat do you plant in the raised bed garden in fall? Can you grow in raised beds in winter? Use this list of raised bed garden tasks for fall and winter to keep yourself organized and ready for next year’s garden. Continue reading “Raised Garden Beds: What To Do in Fall and Winter”

Grow Your Own Sunflowers with Russian Mammoth Sunflowers l Sunflower Seeds are great snacks for kids and wild birds l Homestead

Grow Sunflower Seeds with Russian Mammoths

If you want to grow your own sunflower seeds, or if you just enjoy a showpiece in the garden, give Russian Mammoth sunflower seeds a try this year. We’ve had complete strangers stop their cars in the road to stare at our Russian Mammoth sunflowers! And with so many seeds per head they’re worth the effort to grow.

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Bee House in the Bee Friendly Garden l Tips on creating a bee friendly garden plus a book review l Homestead Lady (.com)

Bee House in The Bee Friendly Garden

Bee House in the Bee Friendly Garden l Tips on creating a bee friendly garden plus a book review l Homestead Lady (.com)Have you heard reports about the dangers our honey bees face these days? Have you also heard that they pollinate an estimated 70 percent of the world’s plants, including many food crops? Here are a few ideas – and a good book, of course! – for helping out the pollinators. Continue reading “Bee House in The Bee Friendly Garden”

Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush l Combine flowering perennials to attract butterflies and other pollinators l Homestead Lady.com

Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush

Want to start a butterfly garden to attract beneficial bugs and pollinators to your yard? Want an easy plant to start with? Coupled with other flowering perennials, Buddleia, or Butterfly Bush can be a great choice for your butterfly garden.Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush l Combine flowering perennials to attract butterflies and other pollinators l Homestead Lady.com Continue reading “Start a Butterfly Garden with Butterfly Bush”

Ground Cover Plants for Pollinators l Plant these 4 ground covers for the bees l Homestead Lady.com

Ground Cover Plants for Pollinators

From creeping phlox to creeping thyme these perennial ground cover plants are loaded with flowers to attract pollinators to the garden. Some of these ground covers will grow in sun and others in shade; all will put on growth quickly. Here are four options that we’ve grown in various areas around the U.S. pink phlox and yellow potentilla flowers Continue reading “Ground Cover Plants for Pollinators”