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Episode-268- Mason Bee and Raspberry Update

Tony Teolis/ March 6, 2015/ Gardens/ 0 comments

I have been promoting the mason bees a lot lately and for good reasona. The first is educational. I have been able to teach some people who previoulsy knew little or nothing about mason bees enough to consider raising some on their own. I have already been mailing out packages of mason bees, homes, reeds, attractant and guides. Even had

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Free Mason Bees

Tony Teolis/ February 1, 2015/ Gardens/ 0 comments

   This video show the Blue Orchard Mason Bee Osmia Lignaria cocoons that are hibernating in my fridge. The camera then trail to the garage where I am building the new mason bee homes. I have homes and nesting reeds available for purchase. The bees are free and will be ready to work in the spring. They spend their days

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Episode-260 – Lady Squash Bug Removal In Three Steps

Tony Teolis/ January 30, 2015/ Gardens/ 0 comments

Lady Squash Bug Epilachna borealis Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Episode-256- Harvest Mason Bee Cocoons

Tony Teolis/ October 7, 2014/ Gardens, Honey Bees/ 0 comments

Episode-234- Insulate The Top Bar Hive For Winter

Tony Teolis/ February 16, 2014/ Honey Bees/ 3 comments

As winter drags on through month four it seemed like a good idea to reflect on how I prepped the top bar hive back in October. In the warmer fall weather it was easy to avoid tasks such as this one but experience and knowledge of Mother Nature;s tendencies prevented me from being lazy. I am glad I took the

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Episode-230- Add More Mason Bees To The BackYard

Tony Teolis/ January 29, 2014/ Gardens, Permaculture/ 0 comments

I thought I knew about Mason Bees and how to cultivate and contribute to their growth in my front and back yards. But after three seasons with nominal success and little or no successive mason bee growth in future years it became time to ask why. Being winter these kinds of thoughts are helpful as it is also the time

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Butterflies In the Bee Balm

Tony Teolis/ January 21, 2014/ Gardens/ 0 comments

The cold of January has me yearning for the heat of summer and all of the beautiful creatures that go along with it. In particular just when I thought the bee balm was dried  up and done for in August there was a second bloom and this one fed a large gathering of butterflies. I don’t know much about butterflies but

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Honey Bees Gathering At The Chamomile

Tony Teolis/ October 24, 2013/ Gardens, Honey Bees/ 0 comments

I was fortunate enough to catch these bees hard at work getting ready for a cold weather front to hit our area. All that’s left this year is the top bar hive which I have affectionately referred to as the thrive hive. However, things have been challenging for it lately but the battle with Varroa Destructor and small hive beetles

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