Thursday, August 19, 2010

Helping the honey bees


The other day, my neighbor's husband gave me two jars of his bees' honey. An electrician-by-day and a beekeeper-by-night, my neighbor's husband maintains a beehive. It's located on land behind my house. The jars were a thank you for allowing him to park on my land and to walk through my garden in order to more easily tend to his bees. Beekeeping is physically demanding and requires lifting items that may weigh over 20 kilograms.

Further steps I have taken to ensure healthy bees:
  1. Keep certain parts of my garden un-mowed to provide wild flowers for the bees;

  2. Never spray insecticide;

  3. Plant lavender and other flowering trees, bushes, and plants.
I care about bees. Without them, there would be no pollination. And without pollination, we would no longer have food. It is said that consuming honey from local bees improves hay fever.

2 comments:

  1. Good one! You really have it made! Hans-Peter does all the work, and you couldn't have more local honey than what you have!
    Although you're right that bees are essential because they pollinate so many fruits and vegetables that we eat, saying that we would no longer have food is not accurate. Aside from dairy products,chicken, fish and meat, there are plants that self-pollinate. All in all, a fun blog to read.

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  2. You're right. Thank you for the correction. I just found out that "It is commonly said that about one third of human nutrition is due to bee pollination. This includes the majority of fruits, many vegetables (or their seed crop) and secondary effects from legumes such as alfalfa and clover fed to livestock." -Wikipedia

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