5 Easy Ways to Create a Bee Friendly Habitat

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I’m sure you’ve heard that the bee population has suffered a massive decline in numbers over the last few decades. According to a White House fact sheet, “The number of managed honey bee colonies in the United States has declined steadily over the past 60 years, from 6 million colonies (beehives) in 1947 to 4 million in 1970, 3 million in 1990, and just 2.5 million today.”  This is a very alarming trend because we need pollinators to grow most of our fruits, nuts, and vegetables! Without the bees to pollinate our crops, we don’t get crops, folks. I’ve read various reasons for the decline in pollinators, but most often pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids, are blamed. If you’d like to help the bees in your area, here are 5 easy things you can do, right in your own backyard.

5 Easy Ways to Create a Bee Friendly Habitat

1. Don’t use pesticides on your yard.

Pesticides are not discriminatory and kill most bugs, including beneficial bees and other pollinators – which we desperately need. I’ve seen sad memes about the amount of money we waste on lawn care in the US. We waste a lot of energy throwing away grass clippings and spraying our yards to make them “beautiful.” But the reality is, many of our current lawn care practices are harmful to vital pollinators. It’s better to let the dandelion, clovers, and other weeds live as they provide food not only for bees, but also butterflies and other beneficial insects too! And I’m sure we can all think of better things to use spend the money! Or if you must use pesticides, use them very very sparingly.

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Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe – Perfect for Freezer Cooking

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Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe – Perfect for Freezer Cooking

I’ve been making oven sandwiches for a long time, not only because they’re easy and delicious, but also because they are perfect for the freezer and come in really handy when I need a quick, homemade meal on the double! I used to use rolls and make single-serve sized sandwiches. Recently, I decided to quit making individual sandwiches {the process isn’t hard, but CAN be streamlined…} and instead make ONE BIG sandwich that serves the entire family! It takes the meal prep to about FIVE MINUTES!!  How awesome is that? This easy oven sandwich recipe is a family favorite and sure to be a keeper in your freezer-friendly recipe file too!

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Passive House Update – Railings, Garage Steel, & Trim

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Passive House Update – Railings, Garage Steel, & Trim

We are three to four weeks until MOVE-IN, friends. We have to be in the house by the end of August / beginning of September so we can turn the barn back into the offices it was designed for, before we so rudely moved in on the business two years ago. This is a hard deadline because we are hosting our NAHB (National Association of Homebuilders) Remodeler 20 Group the second week of September and 20 or so of our closest remodeling buddies from around the country will be here to provide feedback on our home remodeling business, Oak Tree Homes. They’re not coming to see our lovely Passive-Aggressive house per se, but I’m sure they’ll peek inside. The ultimate goal of course, is to have functioning offices in the barn once again.

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