Bees, Gardens and Beekeeping – Providing a Pollinator Habitat in Your Yard

Bees, Gardens and Beekeeping – Providing a Pollinator Habitat in Your Yard

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Posted 16 September 2011, by Spectrum Generations, Village Soup, villagesoup.com

 

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Opening a beehive at the Vose's

In light of the growing concern over the recent loss and disappearance of honeybees across the country, many backyard devotees are rediscovering a relatively simple and fun way to assist essential pollinators.  By providing a pollinator habitat in your yard, you can increase the quality and quantity of your garden fruits and vegetables.  While many may prefer butterflies, moths and birds paying visits to their gardens, bees should also be welcomed as they are such important pollinators of many crops in our food supply.

On September 21, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Dick and Jean Vose will open their Nobleboro yard for a talk about gardening to attract pollinators – the “good bugs” as well as butterflies, moths and hummingbirds.  The original homestead was established in 1910 and features a farmhouse of that era bounded by 10 acres of open field.

Their gardens feature vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses and shady spots.  And, they have a garden just for beneficial insects/pollinators.  Jean is a master gardener and an advocate for companion planting.  Most of the gardens have been established for about 10 years.  After benign neglect over the past 5 years due to other commitments, they have worked this summer to bring back and improve the existing gardens while adding new ones.

The Voses have been backyard beekeepers since 1986.  They began with one hive in their backyard and quickly expanded to 10 hives located across Worcester County, Massachusetts.  They were active in both their local county beekeeping association and the Massachusetts Beekeeping Association.

They relocated to the mid-coast area of Maine in October 1998 bringing one hive with them.  After finding no local bee school or beekeeping association in their area, they started a beekeeping school in 2001.  From this school, the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) was established in 2003. At present, they keep 4 hives in their backyard apiary.  They are managed for pollination and honey.  For this presentation, an observation hive will be available in the garage area for close up viewing.

The Voses will give a short talk about honeybees, the gardens, and answer questions.  Demonstration tables with beekeeping equipment will be featured.  This year, KLCB piloted the “Plant a Spot for Honeybees” project with 5 local nurseries.  This project identifies plants to help our pollinators.  More information and brochures will be available.   In addition, many brochures about bees, native pollinators and flowers will  also be  available.   Advanced Registration is Required.  To register and for directions to the Vose’s home in Nobleboro please call 563-1363 by September 20.

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