The bumblebee is the gardener's friend because it is a great pollinator. Bumblebees are bigger than the common honeybee, and more round and “furry”. Like the honeybee, bumblebees feed on nectar and pollen, so planting a variety of flowers and flowering trees and shrubs for honeybees helps their giant cousins, too. We'll share some information on why bumblebees are so important, their life-cycle, and how to attract them to your yard and garden. [Read more…] about Bumblebee – Super Charged Pollinator for Your Yard and Garden
Bees, bees, bees! Whether it's honey bees, bumblebees, mason bees or other native bees, we need our bees. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has taken a terrible toll on honeybees. The USDA Agricultural Research Service states that as of May 2015:
Total annual losses were 42.1 percent for April 2014 through April 2015. The new figure is up from 34.2 percent for 2013-2014.
You don't have to be a math whiz to know that those percentages spell trouble. So far as I know, there's no consensus on whether the problem is due to one or more causes – mites, pesticides, Rudolf Steiner's prediction of a weakened bee genome due to artificial queening, limited varieties of pollen for commercial hives – they just can't say for sure.
So what can you do to help the bees? You can create a bee friendly yard and garden; support responsible apiaries by buying honey, beeswax and other bee products from trusted sources; and join an Adopt a Hive program. Let's start with a bee friendly landscape. [Read more…] about 5 Tips for a Bee Friendly Yard – Do Your Part to Save the Bees