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Backyard Pollinator products are unique โ€“ the nesting blocks contain live leafcutter bee larvae ready to hatch, fly and pollinate in the warm summer months. Friendly, low-maintenance bees for the pollination of your yard and garden.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

2 days 14 hours ago

UPDATE FROM THE FARM

Today we begin harvesting 300 acres of oats. Mmmmm, oats. Cookies, porridge, muffins, granola bars, even scones are yummy oat-based food options. Rolled oats, steel-cut oats, quick oats and large-flake oats are products you may have in your pantry for everyday use.

"Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They're a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease." Source: www.healthline.com

Canada produces around 3 million tonnes of oats annually. We are planning to have our oats cleaned and bagged for selling off the farm alongside our alfalfa seed and grasses as another way to add value to farmer's hay production.

"The fat content of oats increases their energy content, which is an important attribute in horse feeds. In pet foods, oats prevent allergies and do not irritate the intestine. Oats improve fur shine, reduce diarrhoea, and are well suited for the prevention of gluten absorption disorders."

Your funny for the day:
I keep blurting out puns about porridge.....when I really oat to know better.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

3 days 16 hours ago

Leafcutter bee in her little home seeing whether itโ€™s a day to fly or not ๐Ÿ
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#backyardpollintor
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Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

4 days 4 hours ago

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

4 days 16 hours ago

Our daughter is taking some books to school for the classrooms. "What Bee will you Bee?" is written & illustrated by Bee & Tad of @The B Nest Studios. With beautiful watercolor pictures and a lovely story, it's an encouraging book for children.

"Bee Yourself" is written by Kerry Sather and illustrated by David Mark, both of Nokomis, SK (just down the road from us!). Kerry wrote this story in one night!

Both of these authors will be publishing second books hopefully before Christmas so watch for them on our website.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

5 days 10 hours ago

On a cool, wet day when the combine was in the yard for some maintenance our Princess decided to try out the driver's seat. And yes, our combines do have names "The Bantam" and "The Red Hen" as in the Little Golden Book character who reaps the grain.

And then little miss had to make a snow angel in the spilled lentils...the joys of being a farmkid!

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

5 days 16 hours ago

Leafcutter bees capping off the holes in our nesting blocks.
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#backyardpollintor
#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #megachile #raw_insects #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeeping #superpollinators #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa #natgeowild #nature #natgeo #naturelovers #savethebees @ Imperial, Saskatchewan

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

6 days 15 hours ago

โค๏ธ Leafcutter bees ๐Ÿ
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#leafcutterbees #leafcutter #bee #bees #megachile #raw_insects #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeeping #superpollinators #wildlife #incubation #imperialsaskatchewan #saskatchewan #saskatchewanfarmers #alfalfa #natgeowild #nature #natgeo #naturelovers #savethebees

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

6 days 17 hours ago

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 12 hours ago

How to WINTERIZE your Backyard Pollinator:

Leafcutter bees have a short lifespan, they only fly, pollinate and make more babies for 6-8 weeks. Then the mama bees perish and it's their babies that we put away in a dormant state until next spring.

Hopefully your bees were productive in the late and short summer that we on the Canadian Prairies. If there is a sealed off nesting tunnel it means that there is 5-7 cocoons behind that "cap". And some of the tunnels may have only 1 or 2 cocoons inside and were not capped off.

When shorter fall days arrive it's time to store your Backyard Pollinator nesting block. If you have a cool location that is big enough to store the entire Bee Barn (if you have one), feel free to bring the entire unit inside. Otherwise, it is only the styrofoam nesting block inside the cardboard box which needs to be stored in a place where the temperature stays between 5 & 15C. A semi-heated garage, cool basement room or your refrigerator are great spots.

It might be difficult to pry the nesting block from the Bee Barn. Use a pair of needlenose pliers or a tableknife might be useful tools. As a last resort, you might need to take the backing off the Bee Barn to push the nesting block out.

Brush off any spiderwebs or leaf dust that are in the box. If you bought a storage bag place the nesting block inside, otherwise an old pillowcase will suffice. This just serves to keep the leaf dust from making a mess inside your fridge.

Let me know if you have other questions about storing your Backyard Pollinator.

Backyard Pollinator

Backyard Pollinator

1 week 16 hours ago

The kids first week back to school went well but there's alot of truth in this joke.


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