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Book Review: The bee-friendly Garden

The bee-friendly Garden
By Kate Frey + Gretchen LeBuhn

In the Bee-Friendly Garden, award winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, safe, healthy garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and native bees. No matter how small or large your space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, just a few simple changes to your garden can fight the effects of colony collapse disorder and the worldwide decline in bee population that threatens our global food chain. There are many personal benefits to having a bee garden as well Bee gardens:

contain a gorgeous variety of flowers
bloom continuously throughout the seasons
are organic, pesticide-free and ecologically sustainable.
develop healthy and fertile soil
attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects
increase the quantity of your fruit and vegetable harvest
improve the quality, flavor, size of your produce.

Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, The Bee Friendly Garden debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provide detailed instructions for nest boxes and water features. From “super blooming” flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid, The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcoming habitat for nature’s most productive pollinator.

As you know I love gardening. I’ve shared updates on my garden for years (most recently this state of the garden) and I’ve heard about the colony collapse issue with honey bees. So when I saw this book co-written by a garden designer, and biology professor I immediately wanted to read it. Highlighted are the importance of bees and bee gardens. There are listings of plants for every garden size, the photos are gorgeous and the climates are highlighted. The book has plenty of detail but is easy to read. And I love that edible gardens are included. If you liked my interview with Tom Ogren you’ll love this book.


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