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#382: How to Attract Native Bees to Grow a Great Garden

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#382: How to Attract Native Bees to Grow a Great Garden In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Paige Embry on ways you can attract native bees to your garden area to help you grow a great garden.

Paige is going to tell us some fascinating stories about the honey bee and the tomatoes in your garden, as well as information on other bee species that are just as good for pollination.

She'll tell us the steps you can take to attract a wide variety of native bees to your area, some simple end of season techniques to make your garden more appealing to native bees, and what to do about water for your bees.

This, and so much more, on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

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Here's What We'll Cover in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • Surprising Pollination Facts about the Honey Bee
  • Tomatoes and the Honey Bee
  • Native Bees to North America
  • Things people are doing that are bad for bees
  • Steps to take to help keep bees safe in and around your home
  • ceratina calcarata bee
  • Garden in such a way to attract native bees in
  • New garden cleanup techniques that will help your bees

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About this episode's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Paige Embry

#382: How to Attract Native Bees to Grow a Great Garden My multi-year immersion into the lives of America’s native bees began with a gardening epiphany—European-import honey bees can’t pollinate tomatoes, but a variety of native bees can. This realization led to an obsession with native bees that cascaded into taking classes, wading through the scientific literature, raising bees, participating in bee science, modifying my garden, and trekking into fields and onto farms with bee experts to learn who America’s bees really are, and how they are faring. It also led to a book.

I’ve spent my adult life involved in science and nature. I tend to latch onto something and love it hard for a long time. I fell in love with geology in the very first geology class I took at Duke. Afterwards, I headed out to Montana to graduate school, a place where one can see the rocks so much better than in the deep south where they are so often covered in dirt and plants.

When I moved to Seattle I discovered gardening and fell in love with plants. After having a couple of kids, I started a garden design and coaching business. I’ve taught classes on geology, soils, gardening, and pruning. I started writing to promote the business, sending out monthly newsletters, and discovered the pleasure of writing and the power of story-telling. I’ve been surprised to find that my Georgia roots, which I thought were long-decayed, sneak into my writing. Despite living in Seattle for 25 years, when I write I hear the dropped g’s, slippery vowels, and soft, slurring rhythms that filled my childhood. This mid-life foray into writing has been an unexpected gift on many levels.

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