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All About Bees

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I’ve gathered up several posts about bees and combined them together in one place for easy reading. Learn about bees and their care as well as learn how to make wonderful products using beeswax. Find out which plants and gardening practices are best for attracting bees into your garden and how to build a bee box. Enjoy up close shots…

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Winterizing Bee Hives

The basics of Winterizing Bee Hives with Sensible Gardening

It seems like every time you see an article on bees everything looks picture perfect. Clean white bee boxes, sitting in perfect rows amongst a field of wild flowers in bloom. The reality of a working bee yard however is quite different. I thought you might find it interesting to see what your average bee yard looks like. Chris looks after…

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The Closed Terrarium

Terrarium in a bottle with Sensible Gardening and Living

Everybody is terrarium crazy lately. The dictionary definition of a Terrarium is “ an enclosed, indoor garden or micro climate, usually small and made of glass so that you can see your collection of plants” If you add animals to the mix, such as frogs or lizards you now have a Vivarium. Terrariums can be closed or open. The open…

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Painted Bee Hives

Hand Painted Bee Hive with Sensible Gardening and Living

Getting a little arty with your bee hives won’t matter much to the bees, but it can be fun for the bee keeper. Our provincial Honey Producers Association convention was hosted by our local Bee Club in our home city last week. To add a little flair to the event I was asked to decorate a bee hive to be…

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How to Force Paper-Whites

Forcing Paperwhites with Sensible Gardening and Living

Forcing bulbs for indoor bloom is not difficult and is lots of fun. As the garden year ends outside for many of us, we can now turn our efforts indoors. Hyacinths, tulips and daffodiles are often forced but probably the easiest of all bulbs to force are paper-whites.  You don’t even need soil for this to work, just water! Follow…

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The Buzz on Bees

The Buzz on Bees with Sensible Gardening and Living

MY PARTNERS IN GARDENING CRIME have joined me for a round up on marvelous, amazing bees. We call ourselves the GARDEN CHARMERS and I would like to introduce you to some of my fellow members and their blogs: Carol  – The Gardening Cook  Barb  – Our Fairfield Home and Garden Tanya  – Lovely Greens Carlene  – Organized Clutter Melissa –…

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Turning Gourds into Art

Hand Painted Gourds with Sensible Gardening and Living

Last summer I planted ornamental gourds for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how well they did. I planted the hard skinned gourds because I wanted to dry them over the winter and then paint on them. I’ve seen painted gourds before at craft shows and thought they would make a great gift. Totally home made from start…

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DRIED FLOWERS FOR FALL DECOR

Dried Flowers at Sensible Gardening and Living

With the turning of the calendar page I decided it was time to accept the fact that summer was pretty much a thing of the past. Cooler temperatures have arrived along with shorter days. Seems like everyone has been busy getting their homes decorated for fall so decided it was about time I did the same. As I’ve been cleaning…

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Super Speedy Fall Decor

Speedy Fall Decor with Sensible Gardening and Living

Everywhere I look these past few days I see reminders that fall is right around the corner. Decided  to give the porch a little up lift by gathering up odds and ends I had lying around and combining them with my yearly fall planter that Chris brings home every September. Sometimes to pull it off all we need is one…

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Beauty and the Bee

Beauty and the Bee with Sensible Gardening. Using beeswax to make your own creams.

Bees are the most amazing little creatures. Not only do they pollinate crops to keep our food supply in place, they also supply honey ( nectar from the Gods), medicinal products and even beautification solutions. A by product of rearing bees is beeswax. The worker honeybees (females) secrete the wax from wax glands on the underside of their abdomens. The wax is…

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Expensive Junk / Birdbath turns Planter

Re-purpose a bird bath into a garden planter with Sensible Gardening

Yes, we all have some. You bite the bullet on something special only to find out that it’s not what it’s all cracked up to be. Or in this case it is, cracked I mean. Several years ago I bought and paid a premium price on a cement bird bath. Very nice piece, classy looking and definitely a great addition…

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Plants NOT to Plant for Bees

Non Bee Plants at Sensible Gardening and Living

I’ve previously posted about which plants attract bees into your garden, Busy Busy Bees, and there is no shortage of information out there. Bee plant lists will vary depending on the location of the plantings as well as the type of bees being attracted. Since we have an apiary on our farm and my husband breeds honey bees, we have…

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