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This is the second edition of Crown Bees' Native Bee Guide: Grow More Food and Flowers - a step by step guide on how to raise hive-less bees and optimize your garden's potential.

Raising mason and leafcutter bees is easy. Join us in saving our bees & the world's food supply, one garden at a time.

This 26-page updated and expanded second edition covers:

  • Getting to know spring mason, summer leafcutter, and wild hole-nesting bees
  • Why native bees are gentle and non-aggressive
  • Getting more food & flowers from increased pollination
  • Increasing the population of native bees
  • Time tables for raising mason, leafcutter, and wild bees
  • Steps for harvesting cocoons and incubating leafcutter cocoons
  • An overview of pests and what to do about them
  • A summary of bees, nesting material, houses, and accessories
  • Space for spring and summer journals


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    Was just made aware of this through the Better World book forum.  I missed out on the early bird candy but decided to buy it for myself anyway.  Looking forward to learning more about our native solitary bees.  Thank you for putting this product together in order to help educate as many people as possible.
     
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    I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns! It covers three main types of bees (mason bees, leaf cutter bees, and "wild bees"). I wish there was more information about the wild bees, but I really liked reading about the ways to care for the different kinds of bees.

    This book does a nice job of explaining how to clean and maintain mason bee houses, what various pests and diseases to watch out for, what to make nests out of, what the life cycles and habits of the different bees are, and it has links to lots of resources.

    I really like how the book is organized and laid out. It is easy to navigate, and nice to look at. The graphics and pictures aid the book, rather than detract.

    All and all, this book is fantastic, especially for the price! If you want to learn about mason and leaf cuter bees, this is a really good way!
     
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    Thank you for this! I haven't had a chance to read it all the way through yet, but it looks very promising and educational! I am excited to learn more about how to help make a better habitat for all the bees!
     
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    Ah, this is great!  I'm a beekeeper of apis mellifera, and I'm keen to know more about supporting the native bee population up here. So, thank you for making this available!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Nicole Alderman wrote:I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns! It covers three main types of bees (mason bees, leaf cutter bees, and "wild bees"). I wish there was more information about the wild bees, but I really liked reading about the ways to care for the different kinds of bees.

    This book does a nice job of explaining how to clean and maintain mason bee houses, what various pests and diseases to watch out for, what to make nests out of, what the life cycles and habits of the different bees are, and it has links to lots of resources.

    I really like how the book is organized and laid out. It is easy to navigate, and nice to look at. The graphics and pictures aid the book, rather than detract.

    All and all, this book is fantastic, especially for the price! If you want to learn about mason and leaf cuter bees, this is a really good way!



    Dr Leo Sharashkin has a book about bee keeping and talks a lot about the benefits of getting "wild bee" to keep. How to catch them. How much more resilient, and prolific they can be.  Here are a couple of vids that he is in.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwOoBOWK-Nw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sWF8tkalUw
     
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    So sorry—I am just now figuring out how to access the freebies, but I wanted to say thank you SO much!  This will be very handy when we start up 4H again in the fall, since the kids really wanted to work with native bees. A very rich, informative resource. 😊
     
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     I had some fruit delievered today and there was a very tiny bee inside. At least I think that is what it was.  I flew away to hide somewhere in my apartment. I have never seen one quite like it before.  I looked up what I think it was. An Agapostemon splendens (Lepeletier), a sweat bee.  
     Most of the sweat bees I have seen are dark. This one had a metalic green look to it's head. Very cool looking. Hoping I can find the tiny creature again and get a picture of it.  I have attempted to attach a google pic. not sure I was successful.   If no pic is here then you no I failed lol
     Bees are just such varied and amazing beings.  
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    I'm sure glad that he's gone. Now I can read this tiny ad in peace!
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