Best of Sacramento Connect Home & Garden blogs: Farmer Fred’s Rant

Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 - 12:00 am

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings:

•  Sacramento radio host and lifetime master gardener “ Farmer” Fred Hoffman, blogger at Farmer Fred’s Rant, offers advice on how to woo bees to your garden:

“If you want a backyard garden producing fruits and vegetables, you want bees. Heck, you NEED bees, nature’s most efficient sex surrogates. Bees ... as well as other pollinators such as moths, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, flies and beetles move pollen from the male part of many fruit and vegetable flowers to the female part. End result? A rather exhaustive list of some of the most popular and healthy garden-grown crops.

“According to the California Master Gardener Handbook, bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Bees are the most important pollinators because they spend their life collecting pollen. So, you want them to spend their lives in your yard. But you have to build them a garden resort first.”

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