Growing food in your own backyard is an excellent way to reduce stress, save money, lower pollution, and improve your community’s food security. Working with soil has also been shown to reduce depression and enhance your mental health while you learn new skills. Our goal is to cover the key decisions in the planning process to make building your own victory garden easy for new gardeners.
Learn how to naturally deter social wasps from building a nest near your home. You may begin to notice and worry about social wasp nests in the late summer. Social wasps like paper wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets have similar life cycles and their nests become large enough to notice in the summer. Social wasps look for a protective overhang like a tree branch or unfortunately, your house's eave.
Here’s the fun part about joining the Native Bee Network - checking out the wild native bees and wasps that nested in your site over the spring and summer.
Use the Native Bee Network Map App on your smartphone to locate and retrieve your registered wild bee house or Native Bee Network BeeHut and all of the nesting materials inside.
Wild bees and solitary beneficial wasps can both move into your bee house or bee hotel. Each bee and wasp species has their own nesting preferences and their own way of building their nests. Here are our tips that can help you understand some of the most popular or common guests.
Blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria) and horned-face mason bees (Osmia cornifrons) both only produce one generation of bees per year. Knowing this fact makes it easier for us to protect the developing larvae from one of the biggest threats that hole-nesting bees face: gnat-sized parasitic wasps.
You can reuse your spring mason bee house to raise summer leafcutter bees.
Summer Leafcutter Bee Benefits: Super pollinators of your summer blooming fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, and peas - just about any flower.
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One of the many stressors that today's bees face is a loss of flowering habitat. An easy way to increase and improve habitat is to convert our grass lawns, which to a bee is a food desert, to flowering bee lawns.
Blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria) are native bees that are active in the spring and are the perfect pollinators for blueberry fields.
Emerging from their cocoons in the spring, they fly in cooler and wetter weather than honey bees. Instead of living in a hive, mason bees live in pre-made holes and every female bee takes care of her own nest.