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LH 21: Creating a Bee-Friendly Food Garden

Welcome to Episode #21 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

This episode is all about the importance of bees – both in our garden and in our everyday lives.

I interview my friend, Robin Haglund of Garden Mentors® in Seattle, WA.

Robin is a big supporter of bees both in her business and in her own backyard. She tells us how easy it is to help the bees while also improving our own backyard food production.

Now although this episode is geared toward food gardening, I want to point out that you DON’T need to grow food to help the bees.

As Robin explains in the interview, we can make a positive impact on bees simply by creating a bee-friendly habitat.

And we can do THAT with just a few easy steps.

It’s all about being careful in our outdoor practices and adding a few elements to our outdoor space.

You learn:

  • Why bees are so important to our everyday living
  • How it’s sometimes possible to have bee hives without being the beekeeper
  • What makes bumblebees best suited to pollinate our tomatoes
  • What must-have flower you should plant next to your tomatoes
  • Why cleaning up your garden can be a bad thing
  • The top 5 tips for supporting bees in your home setting

Resources & Links:


The Struggles Bees Are Facing:

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

Videos & Podcasts for More Info:



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #21 

For More About This Podcast Series:

Check out podcast Episode 00 to get:

  • The whole scoop on what this podcast series is all about
  • My background, experience & training
  • What to expect going forward

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.