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    Garden Bench Feeders

    “My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.” — Ina Garten Nothing compares to watching the birds outside your window.…

  • Cardinal starting to molt, while finishing up nesting season.

    Birds with Missing Feathers

    “Has there been anything said about some birds missing feathers around their necks?” our Facebook fan Christy Librock Hibsch asked at the end of summer. “I have a blue jay and a starling that have bare…

  • Provide food, water and shelter for molting birds.

    What are “Molting” Birds?

    Birds molt all their feathers at least once a year. “As the seasons change, so do birds’ feathers,” according to Audubon. “One of the most defining features of a bird is its plumage. But as complex and capable as…

  • Insect shelter mounted on a wall near the garden.

    Mason Bee House Maintenance

    “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” — Elizabeth Lawrence Caring for your Mason Bees is easy. There are no special tools required. Depending on how many Mason Bees you have, maintenance only…

  • Solitary bee hotel installed on an apple tree.

    How to Choose a Mason Bee House

    “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” — Elizabeth Lawrence Early to rise, early to pollinate…our native Mason Bees rely on the warmth of the sun to increase their body temperature before starting…

  • Mason Bees use clay or mud to seal off their nesting tubes and protect the hibernating bees.

    Making Mud for Mason Bees

    “It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.” — Kate Morton There’s a reason Mason Bees have “Mason” in their…

  • Orchard Mason Bee pollinating a flower.

    Benefits of Mason Bees

    “For bees, the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.” — Kahlil Gibran Honeybees are considered “pollen gatherers.” A different type of species and native to North America,…

  • Bee perched on a flower.

    The Life of the Mason Bee

    “Collaboration is the essence of life. The wind, bees and flowers work together, to spread the pollen.” ― Amit Ray The life of the solitary Mason Bee is relatively short-lived. “Solitary bees generally live for about…

  • Hummingbird feeding from red feeding ports.

    Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

    Attract hummingbirds and make your own nectar at home. Buying ready-to-use hummingbird nectar from the store may be convenient, yet making your own nectar from scratch is easy.  Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar Homemade hummingbird nectar…