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Local gardeners learn about benefits of mason bees


October 17, 2018

Members of the audience at a Master Gardeners workshop on mason bees look over supplies for helping the spring bees to be successful. Mason bees are active during the spring, before honeybees. They breed and die off by June. In the wild about 30 percent of bees survive. With help from humans, some 90 percent will survive the winter. Mason bees will lay eggs in specialized tubes and wooden blocks, where they can be extracted for storage. Hoy's Hardware hosted the free workshop, which is held at 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Winter gardening, presented by Brenda Winslow, is the topic for Nov. 10.

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