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Orb Weaver Spiderlings

Orb Weaver Spiderlings

As life returns to the gardens this spring, it’s not just the plants that are stirring. At a turn in our driveway there is a large volcanic rock, no doubt put there by the previous owners, to prevent vehicles from cutting the corner.  Typical of lava rock,...
Mason Bees, and the Mighty Mizuna

Mason Bees, and the Mighty Mizuna

Mason Bees, and Mizuna, sums up a large part of my afternoon in the garden yesterday. We first brought Mason Bees to the farm a couple of years ago. This is their third year hatching in the garden here.  For the first two seasons we mostly saw evidence of Mason Bees,...
Long-Horn Bees

Long-Horn Bees

This may be remembered as the year of the bee at Curbstone Valley.  It started when we installed a few hives of honey bees on the farm this spring, but we also greatly understand the importance of the native bees that frequent our crops and flowers. Research has...