NEW-2-BEES MINI-COURSE

Welcome to BeeGAP’s Education Corner,

Come on in, take a look around and start completing your own mini-course today.

Everything you need to know will be included within the nine simple lessons (below), available for your convenience at any time.

Complete the course at your own pace and when you graduate, don’t forget to spread the good word and encourage your friends and family to drop by too.

Enjoy your learning and best wishes,

Ian Morton
BeeGAP Founder

Lesson 1:
Getting Started

Our website is continually updated to be responsive to gardeners requests and questions that sometimes stump even us. That’s why we reach out to our peers for the latest bee information. So here’s a guide to what you will..

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Lesson 2:
Bee Basics

Bees are vital pollinators for our fruits, nuts and vegetables. They pollinate 1/3 of our food supply and 1/3 of the feed for our meat sources (ex: beef). Historically, commercial growers have relied primarily on the honey bee..

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Lesson 3:
House Options

Leafcutters aren’t picky about their house, as long as it meets their nest-building needs. In fact, you can use the same house to encourage other NZ native solitary bees. Here are three things to keep in mind when..

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Lesson 4:
Nesting Materials

You’ve selected your bees and mounted the bee house. Now it’s time to set up the bee nursery. We call it a nursery because this is where your female bee will lay her eggs. Typically, one female will lay 15-20 eggs in her lifetime. This is an average..

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Lesson 5:
Importance of Leaves

Here’s the typical cycle for the female preparing the nest and laying eggs. Quick foraging for food (nectar provides energy!) and locating an appropriate nesting hole (2-3 days). Finding and marking..

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Lesson 6:
Harvesting

This is the bee we would love to increase in population for sustainable pollination of summer fruits, flowers and vegetables. Following the tips for harvesting, you’ll increase your bees for next season, and hopefully..

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Lesson 7:
Who is Nesting in Your Yard?

You’ll also find many beneficial insects, but first let’s talk about bees. There are many known “Solitary bees” in addition to leafcutter bees. A host of others are less popular, though very important in our environment..

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Lesson 8:
Pesticides and Bees

As you prepare for planting, do so with a goal to create habitats for bees and other pollinators. You’ll get more abundant and nutritious crops, and a lot of joy from watching the activities of your gentle..

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Lesson 9:
Final Lesson

This is the final lesson in this course. The BeeGAP (Gardeners Adding Pollinators) program is quite simple. It is designed to increase the population of the overlooked leafcutter bee..

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