Beneficial species

Wintering Bees

Before you read "Wintering Bees", have you read "Getting Ready to Get Ready For Winter"? ~~~~~~~~ In the northern parts…

5 months ago

Preparing Bees for Winter: Getting Ready to Get Bees Ready For Winter

This was article supposed to be something about how honey bees and beekeepers deal with winter and it was to…

6 months ago

Growing a Butterfly Garden: Host Plants to Attract Butterflies

Whether you just want to have lovely, colorful things flitting around in your garden, or you want to venture into…

10 months ago

Bees for Free

If you are new to, or interested in, beekeeping, you will eventually find yourself posing the question, "Where do I…

10 months ago

Adventures of a Beekeeper’s Wife

“You are about to enter a whole new world,” the retired beekeeper informed me, his eyes shimmering with humor.  My…

11 months ago

In Favor of a Naturalized Lawn

Early every spring as I drive into town I notice that people have erupted from their houses and are out…

11 months ago

Attract Wildlife to Your Property

Living in the country means you have to deal with fewer people.  Country neighbors are few but often become like family.…

11 months ago

Attracting Beneficials: Garden Good Guys

Whether you are a backyard gardener, an urban homesteader, or you run a commercial farm, the fight against pests and…

12 months ago

Look to the Weeds: Using Weeds as Soil Indicators

Gardeners and farmers constantly battle with weeds, but they can have a useful purpose. We should be using weeds as…

1 year ago

Beneficial Bugs

When I first started gardening, I knew I would probably be spending a lot of time weeding.  What I didn’t…

1 year ago

The Magical World of Mycelium: Growing Mushrooms on the Homestead

Mushrooms, or mycelium, make good sense for us homesteaders.  They make good sense for someone who just dreams of being…

2 years ago

The Benefits of Bats on the Homestead

Bats are among the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. For centuries, these flying mammals have been associated with evil…

2 years ago