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  • A worm farm worm composter is a great way to deal with organic recycling and a step toward self-sufficiency. Produce nutrient rich compost and fertilizer. Worm composting can bring a steady profit.

    How to Start a Worm Farm for Fun or Profit

    How to Start a Worm Farm for Fun or Profit

    by kentuckyslone6

  • Not all the critters in your garden are pests. In fact, many creepy-crawling (or flying) things are beneficial to a healthy garden. Learn how to make your garden attractive to beneficial bugs and animals with a few key points below.

    How to Attract Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden

    How to Attract Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden

    by Diane Lockridge2

  • Ready to catch your first swarm of honey bees? Just follow these step-by-step instructions, and you will be well on your way to capturing a colony of free honey bees.

    Setting Up a Swarm Trap for Honey Bees

    Setting Up a Swarm Trap for Honey Bees

    by Alan1

  • Learn some easy ways you can turn your garden or yard into a bird-friendly habitat and design a beautiful backyard sanctuary for songbirds. Create an environment with the proper feeders, water sources, and vegetation that beautiful songbirds will visit often!

    How to Build a Backyard Bird Sanctuary and Wildlife Habitat

    How to Build a Backyard Bird Sanctuary and Wildlife Habitat

    by Eric Dockett7

  • There are a number of benefits in making fall splits early in the summer, which outweighs making spring splits: re-queening, disease control, good overwintering, quick spring buildup, and better crop.

    Benefits of Making Fall Splits

    Benefits of Making Fall Splits

    by Yoon Sik Kim5

  • Ladybugs are an organic gardeners best friend, ridding the garden of destructive insects. Learn how to make your garden attractive to these beneficial insects.

    How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden

    How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden

    by Caren White2

  • Managing a beehive requires time and attention. Learn how to maintain and care for a beehive, including important apiary practices that create favorable conditions for bees and improve honey production.

    How to Maintain and Care for a Beehive

    How to Maintain and Care for a Beehive

    by Januaris Saint Fores2

  • Discover how to build a bird feeder pole from an old patio umbrella. It's cheap, looks great and can hold at least six different bird feeders.

    How to Build a Bird Feeder Pole

    How to Build a Bird Feeder Pole

    by geoffclarke8

  • DIY instructions for making a simple oriole feeder to hold an orange or other pieces of fruit.

    How to Make an Oriole Feeder

    How to Make an Oriole Feeder

    by Anthony Altorenna16

  • Everyone loves to observe a butterfly fluttering through the air. Not only are they typically beautiful, but the critters are beneficial in the garden as well because they pollinate flowers. Here are a few simple things you can do to encourage butterflies to visit your garden.

    How to Encourage Butterflies to Visit Your Garden

    How to Encourage Butterflies to Visit Your Garden

    by Diane Lockridge0

  • If you love butterflies and would love to have more of them visit your yard, you have to plant the flowers, herbs, vines, shrubs, and trees that they love. This article will introduce you to the plants that should make your yard a major hit with the butterflies in your neighborhood.

    How to Create a Garden Mecca for Butterflies

    How to Create a Garden Mecca for Butterflies

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney6

  • Learn to provide for the birds in your yard, how to bring the ones you love and to remove the ones you don't. Living with birds doesn't have to be a hassle.

    How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

    How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

    by Cholee Clay6

  • Come explore what beekeepers do. This article will provide some info on what a beekeeper can do during the winter when the bees aren't active.

    What Do Beekeepers Do in Winter?

    What Do Beekeepers Do in Winter?

    by Chris Andrews8

  • You may not want a bee buzzing inside your home, but insects in the garden are your friends! Encouraging pollinating bees to populate your garden isn’t difficult or time consuming at all.

    How to Encourage Pollinating Bees in Your Garden

    How to Encourage Pollinating Bees in Your Garden

    by Diane Lockridge0

  • During the fall and winter months, it’s easy for gardeners to be discouraged with the lack of life in the garden. But these dismal months are a great time to invest interest in birds. Here's how to encourage them to visit your yard.

    How to Encourage Birds to Visit Your Yard

    How to Encourage Birds to Visit Your Yard

    by Diane Lockridge2

  • Much of the pest control in your yard and garden can be by natural means; there are many insects that are more than willing to help. This article will introduce you to three of them and explain ways that they can be beneficial to your gardening success as they prey on the non-beneficial pests.

    Three Beneficial Insects and How to Attract Them to Your Yard

    Three Beneficial Insects and How to Attract Them to Your Yard

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney4

  • Tips on how to help gardens grow vigorously, prevent disease, and deter harmful insects. Whether store-bought or produced at home, worm castings are a gardener's best friend.

    Worm Castings: A  Gardener's Secret to Success

    Worm Castings: A Gardener's Secret to Success

    by Catherine Tally11

  • One of the first decisions that the beginning beekeeper must make, and often one of the most confusing, is the size of the boxes and frames to use for hive bodies and supers. Read on to find out the correct size you need for your bee boxes.

    Beehives: A Guide to Choosing the Right Size Boxes

    Beehives: A Guide to Choosing the Right Size Boxes

    by Wib Magli8

  • Ladybugs live all over the world. There are about 5,000 species and over 450 are native to North America. Also called ladybirds, or ladybeetles. They are part of the Coccinellide (scientific name) or beetle family, which means little sphere....

    The Facts About How Ladybugs Help Humans

    The Facts About How Ladybugs Help Humans

    by toknowinfo10

  • Butterfly gardening means growing flowers that will feed adult butterflies and attract them to our gardens, and growing food-plants for their caterpillars to eat. What plants are best in Iberia?

    Butterfly Gardening in Iberia

    Butterfly Gardening in Iberia

    by Steve Andrews0

  • Do you enjoy watching hummingbirds as they soar through the sky? Do you wish you could attract more of them to your yard so you can watch them perform their aerial ballet? Stay tuned for lots of tips!

    How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

    How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

    by Lisa Bean1

  • Beneficial insects and spiders are useful for keeping harmful insects away from your plants and garden. You can harness the features of helpful bugs by attracting native species or buying them online.

    Beneficial Insects and Spiders That Help Your Garden

    Beneficial Insects and Spiders That Help Your Garden

    by Melody Collins2

  • As a beekeeper, the queen bee is going to be the most important member of your hive. Without her, there would be no workers, and thus no hive. This article outlines the steps to rearing queen bees to your advantage.

    Raising Queen Bees

    Raising Queen Bees

    by jeffrichley lm3

  • If you want to see a lot of birds in your yard, there are certain trees that you can plant that will provide just the proper incentive for birds—the types of food they love.

    Trees to Plant That Will Attract Birds

    Trees to Plant That Will Attract Birds

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney2

  • The life of a beekeeper is filled with hard work, but also a lot of personal satisfaction. Do you have what it takes to be a beekeeper? Two beekeepers explain what it is like to keep bees.

    Labor of Love: An Interview With Lifelong Beekeepers

    Labor of Love: An Interview With Lifelong Beekeepers

    by Catherine Giordano20

  • Mason Bees are one of the best-kept secrets of gardening and orchards. You have probably seen them many times without realizing it. If you are a gardener, then you need to read this article.

    Pollinate Your Garden With Native (Mason) Bees

    Pollinate Your Garden With Native (Mason) Bees

    by And Drewson5

  • Are you looking for a safe and easy way to transport your hives? With these three golden rules, you can rest easy that you will get to your destination without any hiccups along the way.

    Safely Transporting Bee Hives in Your Car

    Safely Transporting Bee Hives in Your Car

    by jeffrichley lm6

  • Having a Leyland cypress tree (or two) in your yard can help create a home for your backyard birds. The trees are dense and provide cover from predators and a shield against the inclement weather elements. Our Leyland cypress has been a blessing for our birds who quickly fly to it when threatened.

    Create a Safe Haven for Your Backyard Birds by Planting a Leyland Cypress Tree

    Create a Safe Haven for Your Backyard Birds by Planting a Leyland Cypress Tree

    by Mike and Dorothy McKenney0

  • You can invite an array of bees into your own backyard by simply planting their favorite flowers. By providing nectar and pollen as food and creating shelters in your garden space, you will create new habitats for bees—as their habits have become less and less abundant.

    Planting Your Bee-Friendly Garden

    Planting Your Bee-Friendly Garden

    by Susan3

  • Draw these exquisite birds to your yard with a quick and easy DIY nectar. Learn about the health benefits of homemade hummingbird food, how to store extra nectar, and fun facts!

    A Super Easy Recipe for Hummingbird Food

    A Super Easy Recipe for Hummingbird Food

    by Melanie12

  • This article explores the ten most beneficial bugs for your garden. It focuses primarily on insects known to consume common garden pests such as aphids and mites. Introducing beneficial bugs to your garden is important as it allows gardeners to avoid harmful pesticides and insecticides.

    The 10 Best Bugs for Your Garden

    The 10 Best Bugs for Your Garden

    by Larry Slawson4

  • Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is home to many butterflies and moths and many of these can be tempted into your home garden.

    Butterfly Gardening the Tenerife Way

    Butterfly Gardening the Tenerife Way

    by Steve Andrews18

  • Few things are as magical in the summertime as watching fireflies light up the sky. This article will show you how to attract fireflies to your yard without contributing to their dwindling populations.

    How to Attract and Catch Fireflies

    How to Attract and Catch Fireflies

    by Diane Lockridge1

  • This is a guide to give you some ideas on how to attract birds to your birdhouse and give them a place to take up residency sooner rather than later. Read more to find out how to get birds to nest in you birdhouse.

    How to Get Birds to Nest in Your Birdhouse

    How to Get Birds to Nest in Your Birdhouse

    by Chad Young13

  • Mosquitoes can carry deadly viruses, and diseases. Keeping them away from you and your family is of extreme importance. Learn how to eliminate them and which plants will help repel them.

    Which Plants Repel Mosquitoes?

    Which Plants Repel Mosquitoes?

    by liataylor2

  • Frogs and toads make a very useful addition to your garden. With the spread of pollution in the water, their presence is ever-dwindling. Here is how you can create a beneficial symbiotic relationship by lending them a helping hand.

    Attracting Frogs and Toads to Your Garden

    Attracting Frogs and Toads to Your Garden

    by kerryg11

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