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Have You Heard the Buzz? Let’s Help the Bees!

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

Most of us know already that there is a world-wide honey bee crisis; the bees are dying and our crops are threatened due to lack of pollination. This is a wake up call to which we can respond by helping our local bee populations. In part, a solution for pollination may lie with our own

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Plants to Nourish and Encourage Native Bees

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees, Plant Choices

by Faye To keep your local bee population well fed and happy, think ahead to have early blooming flowers in your garden. Bumble bees emerge from their winter nests while the weather is still cold, and need sustenance right away. The Masons are a little later, when the temperature is reliably above 14 degrees C.

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Early To Bed For My Bees This Year

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

While it’s still only November, I decided to put my Mason Bees to bed early.  I hoped that maybe my precious pollinators would have fewer mites if I got them cleaned earlier in the season. Any time between October and January is prime time for cleaning cocoons, and I’ve usually done this task in January.Our

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A Quicker Way To Clean Mason Bee Cocoons

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

by Brian Have you opened and cleaned your mason bee condos yet?  If not, you should be planning to do this soon, and then get the cocoons into the fridge, in a ziplock bag, to delay emergence until the timing is right for pollination.  I opened and cleaned my condos a few days ago and

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Mason Bees And Veggies In January

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, Mason Bees

With our gardens under a beautiful white blanket at the moment, it’s a pleasure to think ahead of warmer months outside.  While the nursery is now closed until February, we have been busy planning, ordering, and generally looking forward to a wonderful new season ahead. Are you poring over seed catalogues? That always feels to me

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Putting Your Bees To Bed

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

We are now past the Autumnal Equinox, and into the third season of our year.  It’s been quite a year, with bees struggling against unseasonable cold and wet for a very long time this past spring. However, the cycle of nature worked through the challenges, and the bees are now fully formed in their cocoons,

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Mason Bee…Near Tragedy

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

At the end of the day a few weeks ago I went onto my porch to check on my bees and discovered to my horror that a woodpecker had visited my bee condos.  As the photo shows, almost all of the mudded-up channels had been opened.  There were shards of clay lying all over the

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The Mason Bees Are Awake

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

Finally finally, the weather seems to have warmed up, and the cocoons in the bee houses are coming to life. The emerging bees will chew a little hole, and crawl out groggily, sit for a moment, then immediately fly off in search of that precious nectar and pollen which awaits within the flowers nearby. My

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Waking Up The Mason Bees

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

With the hope that spring has arrived, and the promise of all that luscious fruit from your trees and bushes, it’s time to think about releasing your mason bees from their refrigerated snooze.  Check out our webpage for more details on Mason Bee Releasing. If you do have an orchard with trees that blossom at

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Winter Care of Mason Bees

Posted by Russell Nursery in Mason Bees

Diary of a Bee Nurturer Last year at this time, I posted Diary of a Novice Bee Nurturer on our website, and now, having completed two full years with my Mason Bees, I’m tentatively deleting the word  “Novice”.  My bees and I have come a long way together. In October, I brought the cocoons, still in their rows within the

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