Monday, August 4, 2014

Honeybees what they do and why we care

Growing your own food is very rewarding for someone who wants to be self-sufficient. You get to decide how your food is grown, save money and not have to depend on others to feed your family.
Knowing how vegetables grow is something that will help you when you are trying to get that bumper crop to feed your family through the winter months. 


Plants like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and even corn need to be pollenated to grow fruit. These plants have male and female flowers that somehow need to meet in order for the plant to produce food. 

This is where pollinators come in; pollinators such as honeybees and others flutter from flower to flower collecting and mixing pollen enabling the plants produce. Without them we would have to do this by hand, something that a home gardener with a very small garden can do (a very time consuming task at best) but something that would be impossible for a large grower or someone with a larger garden. This makes the honeybee a very important asset to this process.

Honeybees are unique in that while they are going about their day pollinating our gardens they are also collecting this pollen to make honey. One of nature’s sweetest most magical gifts! Can you tell I love honey?

Honeybees have been having a very hard time in the last 30 years. Managed colonies in the US have plummeted by about a third in that time and wild colonies have become very rare in recent years. Something has been killing them off at an alarming rate.

There are many theories for why this is happening, pesticides, mites, GMO crops to mention just a few. I am not a scientist so I will keep my opinions to myself (for now). I think the important thing is until it is figures out we should do everything we can to safeguard against further loses.

The biggest most important thing we can do as home gardeners is to not use pesticides. 

 Pesticides are not only killing honeybees, it’s bad for your health as well.

Without honeybees there would be no honey.

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