I remember the day when our granddaughter came running in the house asking her Poppy to come kill the bees that were on the flowers she was trying to pick.  She was panic stricken and wanted her Poppy to save her. With a smile on his face he said it was a perfect time for a lesson in saving the bees, as he grabbed a jar of honey from the pantry. As I looked out the window I saw them hand-in-hand walking to the pasture where the bee hives reside.

Bees are a big part of our Homestead and we rely on them to provide us gallons of raw honey each year. We’re passionate about designing bee friendly flower-filled gardens and go out of our way to protect them.

The Bee Friendly Garden

If you’re thinking about adding a backyard bee hive to your homestead I would highly suggest reading The Bee-Friendly Garden.  This beautifully illustrated book explains everything you need to know on how to attract bees and keep them thriving in your garden.

Whether you have a garden filled with flowers or vegetables it doesn’t matter, it’s just important to realize the power home gardens have on protecting the bees. Planting reliable food sources that are free of pesticides are crucial to the survival of bees.

It was such a delight getting lost in this book and it gave me all the inspiration I need to create a beautiful bee-friendly environment on our homestead.

There are many personal benefits of 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, and size of your produce


For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees.

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 dazzling garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our own 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. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tracy Lynn



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