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The Orchard Mason Bee: The Life History, Biology, Propagation, and Use of a North American Native Bee

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The Orchard Mason Bee Book
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Knox Cellars Publishing (first published 1993)
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The mason bee - what a marvelous creature. Solitary, non-honey bees that are gentle and live only for a few short weeks. They are critical pollinators for early-blooming things like fruit trees. If you're like "power to the pollinators," but you're not willing/able to raise honeybees, mason bees are awesome. They are *extremely* efficient pollinators (250 females can pollinate a whole acre of orchard!!!) and very very little work on behalf of the beekeeper.

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Apr 25, 2010 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the bee-curious, the bee-phobic, growers of food
Mason bees are awesome! They are non-harmful, native, super pollinators, and easy to raise.

Last year I took a workshop where I learned all about our lovely native bees, and took away two tubes of hibernating masons along with a bee block I bought. Soon after installing the lot on my front porch, the bees woke up and went to work filling the block. This year I've been enjoying the observation I'm able to do, as the population continues to increase. Moved by my love of these new pets, I got this w
If you like the idea of bees but don't want too much fuss - here is a how to book on bees that are excellent pollinators (so environmentally correct and good for us). You can get the book and order up some bees and feel good about supporting local pollinators.
An enjoyable read on the life cycle and practicalities of mason bee keeping. We'll see how well I can use the info this spring.
Lisa Oswald
Clear, concise, everything you need to get started
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