Solitary Bees

Solitary Bees

For the past few years I have been wanting to raise bees.  Mostly for the obvious reasons – to help pollinate my flowers and fruit trees and to help increase the bee population. Honey was not a real motivating force behind my desire to add bees to my garden.

After doing some research I realized that there are more than just the bumble bee and the honey bee to consider. I discovered the “solitary bee”, a non-aggressive, non-swarming bee often referred to as Orchard or Mason Bees. They are great pollinators, in fact more productive than the honey bee. They most likely are already present in my garden but need a safe place to call home which is becoming harder to find in our modern world. 

So, I have added a Solitary or Mason Bee hive to my garden. I really like the idea of  ”solitary bees” visiting my garden and maybe finding a home there.  

Hope you are having a great spring.

-Your Local Dutchman

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Planting in a Post-Wild World

As our world constantly changes, so does the garden. In their book “Planting in the Post-Wild World”, (Timber Press), Thomas Rainer and Claudia West reveal how the garden is changing and the place it will have in our future. In this beautiful written guide, they show us how we can shape the future of our relationship with the garden and our world.

 

Only when we clear our heads of the rose-tinted idealism of the past can we really embrace the full potential of the future.”

 

Thomas Rainer and Claudia West show us how to create sustainable plant communities that are ecological as well as beautiful no matter what the size of our landscapes. Landscapes that are resilient, yet incredibly diverse. For those who are planning on designing a garden, whether a roof top garden, a five acre estate or a public garden I recommend that they first read this book. For anyone interested in the garden and gardening this is a valuable asset.

I have often wondered what the future of the garden might look like, now I believe I have seen it in this wonderful book.

-Your Local Dutchman

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Japanese Hand Scythe

Japanese Hand Scythe

As spring begins to reveal its wonders, we start to look towards the garden. I would like to recommend that you consider adding this amazing tool to your gardening arsenal. Our relationship with the garden is enhanced when we can spend less time working and more time enjoying all of what our efforts and nature can give.

Though it does have other names and forms, Japanese hand hoe, I have been using the Japanese hand scythe for more than ten years. It is the ultimate tool for weeding and working in the narrow spaces of  plant beds. I don’t go into my garden without it. I have been recommending it to my friends and clients. They all agree about it’s amazing versatility.

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I have not been able to find this wonderful tool in any of the gardening retail stores in the Upper Valley, until now. You can now purchase a Japanese Hand Scythe, made by DeWit of the Netherlands for $29.99 at the West Lebanon Feed and Supply, West Lebanon, N.H.

-Your Local Dutchman

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