Let me say one thing first.. I have not been a huge Bee lover.
I’m allergic to them if they sting me and when they buzz over my head while I’m in the garden, they make me very nervous, but lately… well, my opinion of bees has been changing.
To be honest, I’ve never really given bee’s much thought beyond how annoying they are. Yet, as I learn more and more and become more educated on organic farming and non organic farming, I’m realizing it may be a good idea to give the whole bee thing a little more thought.
You see, awhile back I was getting frustrated because it seemed that I would get plenty of blooms on some of my veggies and strawberry plants, but hardly and fruit. Why?
They were getting nutrients, sunshine, and plenty of water, but still no real harvest.
After doing some research, I realized that we didn’t have any ‘pollinators’ in our yard. I hardly ever saw a bee.
I quickly learned that I needed bees. I needed to attract more bees into our yard. So I planted more flowery flowers, but knew I needed to do more.
But while doing my research, I started coming across articles like this one and this one, that talked about how bees are dying off.
WHAT? Bees just always seemed to be one of those things that would always be around, like cockroaches almost, they would survive the apocalypse wouldn’t they?
They won’t though… they are dying off. And scientists and farmers are realizing it may be due to all the chemicals they are spraying on our foods and by the genetic modifying companies are doing to or plants.
One of my favorite companies, Cascadian Farm, has an awesome web site called Bee-Friendlier. It has a TON of great information on how people can help increase the bee population and more. They also made this video showing some farmers making it fun to plant wildflowers.
This all may seem a little crazy too you, but if you do a little research, and than really think about what bee’s do… you’ll realize that if we don’t do something, even something as little as growing more wildflowers, our grocery store shopping in the near future will look a lot different than it does today.