Listening to my husband teach the beekeeping class for our local 4h group and hearing him sharing about bees at our farmers market location, I gained some insight about bees . I know and admire his knowledge and I admit that i am still learning allot about bees and their behaviors. But, what i am learning, is that everyone needs to take a little responsibility to keep these valuable creatures safe…and if that means in their own gardens..then so bee it…Ha!
Bees have basic requirements: food, shelter and water..much like us ..we need those things too , but there are so many obstacles for bees !..like the fact that when they swarm, especially now in the spring, people tend to want to spray them with pesticide. Really!!!???. People, understand , that this is the gentlest they are going to bee..they will likely leave that location in about 3-4 days…just bee calm, we need these little guys ..please dont spray them! Did you know that about 1/3 or more of the food we eat is the result of pollination???..examples are :alfalfa, apple, avocado (like here in De Luz), coffee (really?..we need coffee!!!!!!!), sunflower, cotton, plus many more…
Give them a great mix of plants that bloom different times of the year..like: mint, rose, sunflower…and place several of the same plants together..some bees even prefer size, flower color, shapes etc…Bees do collect nectar and pollen from flowers for their food…
Another basic need for bees.. is water…they need water..often see them in your pool ? well they need an alternative place to drink..think about a bird bath with stones or low places so they wont drown…did you know that bees collect water in the summer to cool their hive, much like a swamp cooler?
Bees need shelter: pavers, rocks and stumps provide good shelters when its really hot or they need to rest..
We have gotten calls from locals asking us to get rid of the buzzing in their blooming trees from bees…we say..rejoice!..the bees are no threat to you, allow them to do what they are born to do …Did you know that a honey bee has to travel the equivalent of 2 times around the earth to gather enough nectar for a pound of honey??
So ..please keep our little bees in mind when you are spraying your plants or garden or are tempted to spray that swarm…please consider calling a beekeeper! ..we are available to answer questions at the Temecula farmers market or by email : firstname.lastname@example.org