The Importance Of Bees
Let’s talk about the importance of bees in this week’s blog. As the weather is warming up, the sun is shining and spring is just around the corner, the activity in our bee hives is so exciting to see. The most important thing bees do is pollinate our plants, which is vitally important for plant reproduction, with up to 90% of the worlds flowering plants need bees to help with growth, reproduction and to produce foods we all like to consume. They do all of this by simply visiting flowers to collect the nectar/pollen for their own needs for survival and then transferring the pollen between the flowering plants. This is one of the greatest organic processes we have on this earth, when you stop and actually give credit where credit is due.
Fun fact about worker bees which are born just before winter, they can live longer than the usual life expectancy of 6 weeks. This is due to the colder and wetter weather conditions that reduces their foraging energy expenditure, and this usually extends the life of the winter bees. So if you are looking around the garden right now, you might just see these little guys.
If the sunshine has you outside in your gardens then be mindful of the poisons you lay or spray around and the true knock on effects they can cause to insects, pollinators and even wildlife. Do some research first and find alternatives. Also, you would remember the clover lawns we all had when we were growing up. Clover is a great food source for bees. Just get the Organic Seeds. I use a place called ‘The Green Harvest’ in Maleny. They have a great online selection of seeds – check them out for all your garden plants. (https://greenharvest.com.au/), So I just sprinkle over a low-cut lawn and water in – that simple.
I suggest you DONT use Glyphosate weed sprays in your gardens, as it is harmful to bees and other pollinating insects. There is heaps of peer reviewed research out there stating these facts. I will share with you what I use around my property, which is a bee happy weed mix:
BEE HAPPY WEED SPRAY
8 litres of white cheap vinegar – (no brand is good) – or get it in bulk from wineries
2 ½ cups of Epsom Salts – (purchase from the produce store – heaps cheaper)
½ cup of Dish washing liquid soap.
In your 10-litre garden sprayer back pack (you may have to adjust the quantities if you use smaller sprayer units). I pour some of the vinegar out into the sprayer and measure out the Epsom salts and pour into the vinegar containers, so I can shake up the salt and vinegar together to dissolve the salt granules. Once all the salt is dissolved, I pour all the remaining vinegar and the soap into the sprayer and off I go.
I use it to kill grass, when I am extending areas for more flowering native plants etc and most weeds (those that don’t flower) in my garden and have had great success and I know it is healthy for me as well.
HAPPY BEES = HAPPY GARDEN