I’ve been intrigued with bugs and insects for as long as I can remember. I suppose it’s because my mother has always had a beautiful garden which attracts so many of the special little creatures.
I remember I would go outside with a net, magnifying glass, tweezers and a bug keeper to catch what I could and then go back to the porch to try and identify what I caught.
As I got older, my interest in bugs and insects remained and my passion for gardening grew.
I learned that besides having a nice yard to look at, gardening plays a crucial role in helping preserve the bee population that is currently at a decline.
Why should I care about bees going extinct?
“A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.”
“As bees move from flower to flower in search of nectar, they leave behind grains of pollen on the sticky surface, allowing plants to grow and produce food.”
A third of all of our food depends on bees pollination.
If we do not help preserve our little pollinators we will not have the same type of vegetation that we currently have now.
In order to keep the abundance of food that we have now, we need to help preserve and keep our bees in our ecosystem.
What can I do to help?
Plant flowers in your garden and yard, or even in a planter. A few of my favorites to plant are: sunflowers, poppies, black-eyed Susan, honeysuckle and wildflowers.
Try to avoid chemicals and pesticides when caring for your garden. The harsh chemicals are notorious for causing damage to honeybee systems. Chemicals on flowers and plants will get into the pollen and nectar that is taken back to the beehive which will get into the honey and eventually into us.
Put out a little water basin in your garden for the bees to indulge in. Like us, they are very thirsty.
Research or take a class on beekeeping like I did to help inform yourself with other ways to help increase the bee population.
I really wanted to increase my knowledge on bees and the role they play in our environment so I had been looking for a beekeeping course and found this three hour introductory beekeeping class nearby that was provided by Round Rock Honey.
This was a hands on class that included equipment and a full body beekeepers suit.
The instructor was very kind and informative, the class was very organized even while being hands on out in the field, there were no stinging incidents, we were taught how we could even start beekeeping at home, what type of supplies we would need, resources that would help us continue to bee keep and of course, we were all able to sample honey straight from the hive!
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