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The latest thinking on ecological landscapes. Useful tips to improve our environment

Honey Bee on Corylus

High-Value Pollen Sources for Honey Bees: Get Planting!

For honey bees, pollen is essential for brood-rearing, and they need a lot of it: an average colony collects 50 to 125 pounds per year.  Pollen is honey bees’ main source of protein, lipids, vitamins and minerals.  They need pollen with 20% protein;  10 of the amino acids in pollen…

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Got Protein in that Pollen?

Honey bees need pollen sources with 20% protein. Are you planting the right plants to keep them well fed? Let us know what’s in your garden to support honey bees and native bees. Happy Planting from Kim Eierman at EcoBeneficial!   Photo: Honey Bee Diving Into a Willow Blossom (Salix…

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Honey Bee on Big Leaf Maple

Critical Early Trees and Shrubs for Bees

In very the early spring, trees and shrubs with early blooms are critical for honey bees and our native bees.  Some provide both nectar and pollen, and some only offer  pollen.  As the growing season progresses, more resources become available to bees, but you can help them out in early…

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Honey Bee on Poor Man's Patch (Mentzelia floridana)

Another Challenge to Honey Bees – You Can Help!

Backyard beekeeping has risen dramatically in the U.S. Unfortunately, in many areas there just aren’t enough nectar and pollen plants to go around to feed all the hungry honey bees. The result: starving honey bees or bees that seek out any sugary substance close at hand, in order to survive.…

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Humming Bird and Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)

Great Native Plants for Hummingbirds: What Are You Growing?

Want hummingbirds?  Skip the feeder (or add to it) and grow some of the native plants that hummingbirds favor.  Hummers particularly love red tubular flowers, so make sure to include some. Here are some hummer favorites: Native Perennials and more for Hummingbirds Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) Aquilegia canadensis (Canada Columbine)…

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Benefits of a Blanket of Snow in Your Garden

Love it or hate it, snowfall in winter is a reality for most of the country.  EcoBeneficial is in the “love it” category.  Here’s why: Snow as Insulator Snow is not only beautiful, but a blanket of snow acts as just that – a natural blanket of insulation for your garden…

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