When it comes to beekeeping, two is better than one. Or is it? Does it ever make sense to have only one colony? Attend any bee club meeting or read any honey bee books, and you'll come across the recommendation to start with at least 2 hives. There are solid reasons for this advice! Two … Continue reading Does it Make Sense to Start with Only ONE Honey Bee Colony?
Native hardy shrub for difficult soils and terrains. Great for pollinators and birds.
Staghorn Sumac and smooth sumac are hiding in plain sight! They are amazing plants for pollinators and overlooked by almost everyone! Smooth Sumac and Staghorn Sumac are common "roadside" plants in North America. They are pioneer plants and quickly spread by rhizomes to colonize erosion prone areas. They are unique looking shrubs, grow without maintenance, … Continue reading Staghorn Sumac – A blessing to bees and humans
American Linden (also known as Basswood) is a gorgeous tree. It grows in a pyramidal shape (rare for a deciduous tree) and has interesting off-center, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are edible when young and the blossoms can be used to make a fragrant tea. The seeds, or nutlets, are also edible - though very hard … Continue reading American Linden – A Honey Bee Favorite
Wild American plums grow in almost every soil and climate across America. You may have some nearby. They are worth finding, planting, and eating! One of my favorite "wild" foods to forage is the Wild American Plum. It comes in a variety of colors and flavors. They range from yellow, to yellowish-red, to light purple-red, … Continue reading Wild American Plums: Eating, Recipes & More