Prior to the honey bee’s introduction from Europe, America was home to approximately 4,000 native bee species, the majority of which nest underground or in wood cavities like hollow stems and... More > beetle borer holes. Several of these wild bees can and do play an important role as crop pollinators.
This book provides the basic information necessary to manage populations of solitary cavity-nesting leafcutter and mason bees. Various members of these species are effective pollinators of all major bee-pollinated crops.
These bees are extremely gentle, and rarely sting, making them a safe alternative to honey bees for small farms and near urban areas. In addition, these bees can be maintained at a lower cost than honey bees, and they are not susceptible to the same pathogen issues that have devastated honey bees.
While this book was originally developed for Wisconsin audiences, the principles are readily applicable to leafcutter and mason beekeeping worldwide. < Less
Ueki no Te Ire: The Japanese Art of Giant Bonsai is the first comprehensive guide to Japanese-style landscape pruning in the English language. It’s an ideal introduction to the subject for... More > bonsai and Japanese garden enthusiasts as well as landscape designers, and professional gardeners. The book includes a brief history of Asian topiary as well as step-by-step guidelines for pruning and training landscape trees in several formal Japanese styles.
The book features extensive full color photos of trees taken at residential and monastery gardens throughout Japan. Extensive appendices include glossaries of Japanese and English arboriculture terms, as well as a detailed list of recommended public gardens in the U.S., Canada, and Japan.
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