Crown Bees and Holler Roast Coffee Added to the MSB — 3 Comments

  1. I contacted Crown Bees a few months back and told them about your podcast and the form to fill, and why I thought the TSP audience would be a great fit for them. I’m glad they did it. They are also a local company for me 🙂

    Now I almost regret having that last large order before the discount was provided :-). Thanks Jack for adding another discount for MSB members.

    I’ll get my leafcutter bees on July 10 (likely to be received on the 11th). So far my Mason bees (cocoons from a friend, but all gear from Crown Bees) did very well, with over 30 tubes filled. Each tube is 6-8 cocoons, but not all survive of course. Going from 50 cocoons (25 females max) to likely over 180 cocoons in 1 season is neat. And these bees are super tame.

    I think from the interview he forgot to add that the Mason bees fly at quite low temperature, 55F, and I believe can fly in some drizzle. Useful for me near Seattle WA.

  2. Jack,
    Another great guest and interview. The passion that Charlie exhibits makes it just plain fun to listen too.

    I have been using Crownbees for the past two seasons and my fruit tree and garden yields have doubled! I am not in a position to have honey bees so the mason bees and leaf cutter bees make it a viable/cost effective alternative.

    Having the bees has also made my family more aware of the other bees in my neighborhood. I also found out we have an endangered species of native bumble bees here in Iowa, The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee.