Thank you for being people who notice something as small as a honey bee.
This group is about restoring our world through small acts of compassion. We are creating a world of respect for life and beauty...an Earthly life.
To save the honey bees and all creatures like them we must pay attention to the small things. Love is in the details.
Something as simple as planting flowers or letting the garden hose drip are easy for us and means the world to them.
Look at this cute bee!
Let’s help them create safe and happy homes. We are guardians of nature and meant to live side by side with other creatures with respect and above all, love.
To help them:
- Stop using pesticides. It’s killing the bees and other pollinators!
- Buy organic food! Look for the label 100% organic. “Natural” is not necessarily organic.
- Plant bee friendly plants in our gardens or put them in pots.
- If you are into planting trees, plant fruit and nut trees! Bees love the flowers on fruit trees.-- No ornamental stuff.
- Let things grow a bit wild. Bees like wild gardens, not manicured gardens.
- Leave a drip from your garden faucet or put out a birdbath.
- Keep bees if you can and use organic methods.
Even if you can’t be a “beekeeper” put a mason bee condo in your backyard. There are some bee condos posted on the site.
- Let's make our yards little paradises. Invite your family and friends over, put on your muddy boots, inspire them, hang out in nature, organic candlelight dinner in the garden.
- If if fits, bring together your neighborhood and do a community garden, or start one in someone's backyard!
- Let's ask our parks and cities to do some bee gardens!
To succeed on a large scale we can engage Care2 network activists with the networks of beekeepers. We can get organizations, schools, churches on board to inform the public.
Thank you all.
Love you all!
Thank you so much, Laurel, for the invitation to this lovely group, where I will use the information to make my garden more pollinator-friendly ! I'm lucky to have lovely bumble-bees and I'd be glad to make them happier.
Welcome Rianne and Nona!
Just found this group...thans so much for forming it!!
Hi Jane! Welcome
Thank you for being here.
First ones just coming to my garden...Do you think for next spring i should try to have more han daffodils for them ay this time?
2. Plant bee friendly plants
Where there are few agricultural crops, honey bees rely upon garden flowers for a diverse diet of nectar and pollen. Encourage honey bees to visit your garden by planting single flowering plants and vegetables. Go for the allium family, all the mints, beans and flowering herbs. Bees like daisy shaped flowers - asters and sunflowers, also tall plants- hollyhocks, larkspur and foxgloves. www.britishbee.org.uk has leaflets on bee-friendly trees and shrubs.
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Tierney G. Gretchen B. Welcome!
thanks for the welcome Laurel
Hi everyone, I'm new. I've been on care2 (signed up) for a little while but just finally got around to finding some groups to join. I'm taking a beekeeping course this spring and getting my bees around the same time. I'm so excited. I look forward to talking with everyone about the wonderful world of beekeeping
nice to meet you
I just want to suggest that we all consider planting that encourages the pollinators to visit. Mexican Sun Flowers, Sedum, etc. I did so this year and had a lot of bees, butterflies and bumblebees visit me on a daily basis. It was a pleasure to see them.
You can get information off the web on various plants that encourage our pollinators to visit.
Hello. Nice to meet you. I m new. I LOVE bees and I LOVE honey I am eating honey everyday. I thought It is time to do something nice to Bees.
Hi Maho, nice to meet you!
I hope the resources in the group are helpful. There are also some good resouces in the archive.
it would be awesome to keep my own bees in my backyard and have my own honey, the only down side to that for me right now is that I don't have my own place and would not feel entirely right about setting something but like that in my mother's backyard but I am totally all for buying more organic foods, and planting more bee friendly plants in the yard, are there any other good flowers that attract bees?
You can check out the list for zone 6 many of those plants will be suitable. http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=17980&pst=812577
Also check out http://grownative.org/ they are in Missouri and have plenty of resources, including certified native retailers and a "plant picker". Your local Co-op extension office is always an excellent resource.
are there any good online resources you can read for bee keeping at home may for in the near future cause I totally like that idea a lot.
Val, you have done a great service for honeybees and for the persons interested in beekeeping. This is not a self promotion. You have provided basic information on beekeeping. Very good site.
Thank you very much for your kind words - much appreciated!
I'm glad I found this site. It makes me feel better to know that more people are becoming aware of the dying off of pollinators. We cannot live long without them. Lots of good info links on this page. Thanks.
I'm a gardener, and I am very unhappy about the very few honey bees I have seen this year. My neighbor, who gardens, said the same thing. Apparently, the few bees that are left are organic bees and non-commercial bees. That doesn't leave very many. Do what you can to make a happy environment for them.
I'm a new member and I send many thanks to Lisa for let me know this group.
Wishing everyone a nice day... glad I've found this group )
So here we are, mid June evening time and I'm thinking about my bees and checking this site.
I've kept bees for 18 years now - started with 1 hive , now have 3 goodun's and 2 'iffey' ones and I'm thinking this year's been the toughest yet. I'm convinced Climate Change is for real - many years now the weather's been plain wierd, this year in the U.K in particular. I and most other beekeepers have had to feed our bees sugar syrup solution in May 'cos the weather was crap and the bees couldn't get out to forage at the same time as the colonies were expanding commensurately. Ever present varroa mites, suspect insecticides still in use here seem to mean weaker colonies, smaller less productive queens. So far I've taken about 30 lbs of honey - that's all I dare do. 18 years ago , as a compete novice beekeeper, I could get 150 lbs + from one hive. Things ain't good and I'm not happy, I'm anxious.