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Happy World Bee Day!

As a beekeeper and avid gardener, it is my goal to spread awareness about the significance of bees and other pollinators. Did you know that these amazing creatures pollinate 1/3 of the food we eat? Think about it…that’s one in three bites! Can you…

The Old-Fashioned Lungwort

Today’s Feature Flower is the old-fashioned lungwort (Pulmonaria). This early spring perennial is the first to bloom in our gardens. Lungworts are loaded with tiny, bell-shaped flowers, surrounded by mounds of hairy green leaves, spotted with white. These delicate beauties are perfect for mass…

Bee Bread, Anyone?

This little worker bee is busy making bee bread! The Process: Pollen is collected by the forager bees and returned to the hive. Once it is placed into cells, the worker bees use their heads to firmly pack it in place. Honey, nectar or…

Spring Has Sprung

It is difficult to believe that I discovered the first dandelion of the season yesterday…one month earlier than last year! With temperatures between 50-60 degrees F, here in West Michigan, I have been able to thoroughly inspect all of my hives. There is nothing…

Pollinator Protection: How You Can Help

Happy 1st day of Spring! Our pollinators are currently in decline, due to loss of habitat. The application of pesticides is another contributing factor. 1/3 of the food we eat is thanks to these amazing creatures… It is our job to care for them!…

What Big Eyes You Have…

Honey bees are extraordinary creatures!  Their eye sight is just one of their many super powers. Honey bees see ultraviolet light, as well as color combinations of purples, blues and greens. They are unable to see the color red, although they are able to…

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

Soon the boys will be back in town! Although there were no signs of new drones upon my initial hive inspections of 2020, the ladies will begin the process of re-establishing the drone population very soon. During our Michigan winters, the drones (male honey…

For the Love of Chives!

Chives are an outstanding choice for your local pollinators. They are effortless to grow from seed and make a beautiful border plant. Considering I have two favorites, I thought I would share both: Common Chives (Allium schoeonoprasum) and Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum). Common Chives…

Hyssop: A Must for Your Garden

Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is one of my favorite perennial herbs to grow from seed. These plants are loaded with purple, nectar-rich flowers, beginning mid-summer. Hyssop makes a beautiful feature in any garden and is stunning when mass planted. The hyssop plants in our gardens…

Beekeeper Roda’s Story

My name is Roda. I am the owner of Indigo Acres Apiary in Rockford, Michigan. I was born a nature girl. I spent my childhood exploring the woods, catching critters, and gardening with my dad. Even then, I was easily distracted by bees, butterflies,…