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February 02, 2011


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This was really helpful. I did go to Hunter's website and signed up for the mailing list. Very useful information. Part of my garden growth plan is to add housing for Mason Bees. Thank you.

valerie Easton

Hi Dave,
I won't be at the Farwest show in Portland this year - thanks for the invitation, hopefully we'll meet sometime soon....

Dave Hunter


Will you be at this year's Farwest show in Portland? If so, I'd be honored to have you stop by our booth. (11062) I'd love to meet you in person. I sincerely appreciate the extension of this important message that your blog enabled.

Thank you! Dave


Hi! I just found your blog, as I was searching for some answers. I just encountered some bees as I started to clean up my garden in anticipation of planting later. I noticed my garden had a few places that looked a little like anthills, but not quite the same. As I began to remove some of the debris from the edge of the garden, I suddenly noticed three bees buzzing around. Not sure what they were, I headed inside to do some research. They didn't come at me, and I only saw three. How do I know if I have an aggressive nest I need to worry about, or if they are just these mason bees? I am very new to gardening (this will be only my second year), and I want to keep the pesticides OUT. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks so much!

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