Have you noticed a DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF BEES? It isn’t just your imagination. The numero uno pollinator is in a downward spiral and if it continues, life as we know it will cease. That may sound like the lament of a drama QUEEN(bee). But research has borne out the facts: 30% of our food depends on insect pollinators and 70% of flowering plants (which means almost all of our PLANT FOODS) depend on pollination by insects for survival.
TREESEARCH FARMS, a Houston wholesale nursery specializing in Texas native plants, invited garden professionals to an urban beekeeping event last week where
Angela Chandler (www.TheGardenAcademy.com)
gave us insight with her PowerPoint presentation, “Habitat Beekeeping,” then hands-on experience in hiving a new swarm. We were ALL amazed at how much each of us can do to ensure our most treasured pollinators rebound! While many factors contribute to bee decimation, a little goes a long way in reversing the trend and every one of us can do SOMETHING.
Angela’s been keeping bees since childhood, yet stung only one time. The key? Remembering that STINGING is the bee’s defense response. Leave them alone – even when they land on you – to keep everyone buzzing happily.