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Honey Bees

PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:05 pm
by Ula
They are in a bad way and we need them to pollinate our food. Here's a great link for anyone wanting to help them out. Most of the herbs we would use in cooking or magic anyway. :D

http://www.donnan.com/bees-in-the-garden.htm

They theorize that no one factor causes CCD, but rather the combination of several factors impacting honeybee populations at the same time. These include varroa mites, diseases such as the recently discovered Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), pesticides and poor nutrition. This decline also affects other pollinators (other bee species, butterflies and moths, some beetles and flies, bats and hummingbirds), and has been well documented in Great Britain and the Netherlands as well as the United States. The loss of pollinators could have significant consequences for the world’s food supply. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and to a lesser extent, legumes such as peanuts and soybeans are dependent on insect pollination. The crops impacted make up about one-third of our diets.

There are a number of steps you can take in your own yard to attract pollinators and keep them safe while they are visiting. One of the most important things you can do is to plant a diversity of flowering plants to provide the pollen and nectar they depend upon. A combination of flowering trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flowering plants provides a range of flower shapes, colors, sizes and fragrances. Adding some native plants to the mix will make your yard more inviting to native bee species such as mason bees. Try to have something in bloom from early spring through late fall so there is a constant supply of pollen and nectar. It is best to avoid double flowers because they produce little, if any, pollen. Plants that are especially attractive to pollinators are listed at the end of this article.

Re: Honey Bees

PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:59 pm
by Mashiigwe
Thank you so much for posting this.

Re: Honey Bees

PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:09 am
by Holdasown

Re: Honey Bees

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:29 am
by SnowCat
An article in yesterday's Denver Post about the benefits of having some clover in the lawn. I need to get some clover seed and add some to my yard.

Snow

Re: Honey Bees

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:19 pm
by MsMollimizz

Not much I can do in these apartments...
I have some grass growing on the patio for my cats...
I take Charlie out to eat the grass, then I grabbed
a clump of grass from outside. There's an empty
"ring" around the grass, I'm going to get some
clover from the grassy area to go around the
grass for the bees. Might as well, I just have to
remember not to take it from around the edge
where they spray.
There are a few bees around sucking up any
and all they can. Spring time the tree outside
my apt. use to be full of bees...not last spring.
Gentle Light
MsMollimizz


Re: Honey Bees

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:05 am
by Holdasown
If you don't have a lot of space you can put a flower in one of those tomato growers. I got one at a yard sale to put hummingbird preferred flowers in this spring to hang on the porch.

Re: Honey Bees

PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:47 pm
by MsMollimizz

There's clover in the grass here, it don't get very big,
I have grass growing on patio for cats with enough
room to dig up some clover to put in with the grass.
Gardeners come once a week, not enough time for
the clover flowers to grow so I'm going to get some
out of the grassy area for any bees left in this area.
Couple months ago I saw the most ragged bee I've
ever seen ! That sight twisted my heart strings
so tight it hurts, I really hate "man" anymore;
the all-mighty dollar is more important to them.
What ever happened to...for the people by
the people ? Sickening to say the least...
:flyingwitch:
Gentle Light
MsMollimizz