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This spring/summer I have been determined to up my gardening game. I have been determined the past couple years to learn more about both flower and fruit/vegetable gardening. When I started working with Western Gardens this spring I documented what I bought, where I planted it, and have been keeping track of how well it’s doing. Right as I was planting my first flowers my brother in law Matt (Housewife Angela’s husband) brought me the Apiary Spring Kit from Mason Bees.
I wasn’t initially excited about bees in my yard, we’ve fought yellow jackets/wasps/whatever they are here for years and I’ve finally started to feel like I wasn’t going to have to worry about the kids screaming about being stung every minute that they’re outside in the spring/summer and volunteering to bring bees into the yard seemed like a bad idea. As he educated me about the Mason Bees the light blub went off in my head that this was a perfect pairing for my gardens this year.
Here are a few awesome facts about Mason Bees
1. Mason Bees are non-stinging bees! This was huge for me.
2. Mason Bees stay within 100 yards of their home. This is plenty of room for my Mason Bees to pollinate my flowers and my fruit/vegetable garden.
3. Mason Bees live 6-8 weeks. Females lay eggs with pollen inside the empty tubes and during fall and winter months baby bees develop for the next spring and summer.
I have been reading more and more about bees since receiving my Mason Bees, the Mason Bees’ site has a great blog with lots of wonderful information to help you decide what the best bees would be for you. I’m trying to get Nate on board for Honey Bees…I think they would be so cool to have, I just need more yard space.
The Mason Bees are tiny little guys and gals (you can kind of see one flying toward the camera in the above photo) so unless you’re looking for them you may not even see them out working.
If you’re looking for a way to kick your gardening up a notch you should definitely check out Mason Bees!
I was provided Mason Bees to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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