Stand UP & Bee Counted
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live”
Well probably not, and no definitive evidence that Albert said this, but my philosophy is simpler, let’s not put ourselves into this kind of situation to begin with.
“Fairies with gossamer wings,
Bring forth beauty, grace and joyful things.
Fairies of the earth are caretakers of our soil, water and trees,
They watch over beautiful creatures such as bears, bunnies and bees.
Fairies ask that you breathe in and appreciate the vantage point from which you stand,
Then trod carefully and respectfully with each intentional step you make across this beautiful land.”
― Molly Friedenfeld
Globally our wild bee and non-bee pollinators are in serious decline which could seriously compromise, affect or end the earth’s natural pollination process – the chain reaction of such an event would be devastating and could prove to be irreplaceable.
The reasons are numerous, however the prime aggressors have been noted as:
Loss of natural nesting and foraging habitats
Aggressive industrial farming techniques and BEE killing pesticides
Human – caused climate change
Bee Killing diseases through parasites and pathogens
Cross pollination practices enable up to 30% of the world’s food crops and nearly 90% of all wild plants to exist. The simple truth is that without them and their seed spreading abilities many plants including food crops would die. Bees are critical to our survival in many respects as they are responsible in assisting the sustainability to the earth’s ecosystem and increasing the quality and yield potentials of plants.
The loss of pollinators will have a dramatic effect on future food productions and of course damage the ornamental garden industry. Plants rely upon the pollinators to ensure pollen is transferred successfully from one plant to another in order to secure fruits and seeds in motion for production.
How can WE BEE more helpful?
Plant more BEE friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden – With the loss of nesting and foraging habitat due to intensive monocultural agricultural practices and the ever increasing and rising suburbanization driven society pressures demanding more housing – natural landscapes are fast disappearing. You can alter things by planting flowers into your garden. Plant bloom heavy as Bees love forage volume and plant for the seasons that the pollinators are most active – as in early spring to late summer. Plan your flowering crops effectively;
Lilacs, Lavenders’, Sages, Verbena, Wisteria, Mints, Squashes, Tomatoes, Sunflowers, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Red Clover, Cornflowers, Honeysuckle, Buddleia, Foxglove, Poppy, Fuchsia, Alliums, Daffodils … http://beefriendly.ca/25-plants-for-bees-in-your-garden/
Flowers to avoid are; Pansies, Begonias, and Petunias – they may look pretty and nice to look at but add very little value to pollination populations. However, this is not to avoid having an ornamental garden, purely to introduce more Bee friendly environments to co-exist alongside.
BEE Weed Friendly – Got to get rid of the weeds!! Not necessarily – spare a thought to the Bees with regards the likes of clovers and dandelions and some wildflowers which could be classed as weeds. Don’t be so disciplined to the lawn; let it breathe a little longer on the wild side. Allow many plants to bloom first and then pull before it goes to seed. Every little bit helps.
DON’T use pesticides or chemicals in your garden – think organically!
Provide a BEE basin – its thirsty work when you are ‘pollen’ all day! Bees drink too, and water on tap is always appreciated.
Buy local organic food and this includes raw honey! Keep a look out for farmer’s market and support them rather than supporting monoculture practices. Support ecological farming.
BEEcome a BEE keeper: http://www.bbka.org.uk/
What you rather BEE or a wasp? Learn the difference between the species and don’t lash out at a friendly! Bees are vegetarians unlike wasps who are carnivores! When the BEE loses its sting it loses its life, however when a wasp stings – it goes onto sting another day!!
Think BEE, think BEE hotel – : http://www.foxleas.com/make-a-bee-hotel.asp
THINK BEE! Help to raise awareness to the plight and decline of the pollinators!
NO ONE IS EVER too small to make a difference!
For some Fun: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_Movie
Rory Matier – The Tee Shirt Blogger
Ps: These posts are my views on my autism/Asperger’s, they may not be everyone else’s who is on the spectrum.