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.
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.
Monarch Butterflies are famous for their amazing migration across America, but their numbers have been declining fast. They need milkweed for their caterpillars to eat and we can help by growing it.
Gardening can be frustrating when you see your plants eaten by insects. Before you reach for the bug spray, find out how you can introduce natural predators to help you in the fight against pests.
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.
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.
Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is home to many butterflies and moths and many of these can be tempted into your home garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to do if your worms have decided to make a break for it? I cover six proven tips to prevent your worms from escaping.
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.
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.
Why did my bees leave the hive? Well, read on to learn why bees abscond. See the causes of bee absconding and reasons why bees fly away from your hive, leaving an empty beehive.
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.
Organic gardening depends on maintaining the fragile balance between the plants and veggies against the bugs that want to eat them. The best defense is teaming up with the beneficial insects.
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.
Honey bees are very important to food resources because they pollinate many crops. Beekeepers are seeing massive die-offs. What is killing our honey bees?
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.
Discover three ways to attract the American Goldfinch to your backyard bird feeder, plus view pictures and learn some interesting facts.
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.
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.
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.
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....
If you've ever wondered how bees make honey and function in their society, then this guide is for you.
Barklice are good guys. If you see barklice webbing on your trees, you can rest assured that your trees will benefit from their visit. Ladybugs are also beneficial garden insects.
Ladybugs are an organic gardeners best friend, ridding the garden of destructive insects. Learn how to make your garden attractive to these beneficial insects.
Our back yard is a NWF-certified wildlife habitat, providing the local wildlife with their four essential requirements: food, water, shelter, and places to raise their young.
Praying mantises are considered beneficial insects even though they eat both "good" insects and "bad" insects.
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.
This article will break down everything you need to know to set up a hummingbird feeder in your garden.
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.
Plant a garden to help our bees. Save them, they're a link we can't get back. Our existence depends on bees and other pollinators.
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?
We all know that Red Wiggler worms (Eisenia Foetida) are amongst the most popular worm specie in worm composting and organic gardening. Let's get to know more about the lives and functions of Red Wiggler worms.
Feeding the birds can be good for them and entertaining for you. Learn about good bird feeders and making your yard a friendly habitat.
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!
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.
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.
It took me three years to see my first oriole. There is no reason to give up, because these birds fly over every spring. Try, try again.
Practicing apiculture? Well, learn how to stop honey bees from leaving your hive. Learn why bees abandon or leave your hive and see the best bee absconding and swarming prevention methods.
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!
If you'd like to host a puddle club party for butterflies in your garden, here are 5 easy ways to attract lots of gorgeous guests.
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.
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.
Harvesting honey from your hive is a fun and exciting endeavor. This guide includes photos, videos, and step-by-step instructions to extract honey from your backyard hive.
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.
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.
Make a simple, inexpensive, flow-through, indoor worm composter using coffee cans. My worms made more than enough castings to mix up over 15 gallons of tea!
Feed birds during the cold winter months by hanging feeders full of their favorite seeds. Learn how to make an easy pinecone feeder too!
Oklahoma is home to a wide variety of butterflies. Here are ten of the prettiest Oklahoma butterflies with tips for attracting them to your yard and garden.
They may have a bad reputation, but snakes can actually be beneficial additions to your garden. For instance, they'll happily take care of various rodent and insect problems. This guide will help you attract these oft-misunderstood slithering creatures to your garden.
The key to making a butterfly garden is to create a garden a haven to butterflies with the right atmosphere and flowers!
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.
This article will provide 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.
A great way to protect your home from thieves is to grow protective garden plants around the perimeter of your yard to deter the sneaky entry of thieves and burglars.
Without pollination (and bees), you will gain little more than a suntan from your gardening efforts. Here are 10 bee-friendly plants to attract those pollinators.