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Bees in the garden

Posted by: Heidi

August 29th, 2011 >> Bugs, my garden, Photos

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

I’m worried about the bees. For several years now I’ve been hearing about a shortage of bees all over the world and I have noticed fewer and fewer bees in my garden too. I have always enjoyed watching bees at work and have tried to entice more of them into my garden by avoiding pesticides and growing plants that bees like. But I’m not seeing as many of them as I used to.

We are hearing more and more stories about farmers losing their crops because of a shortage of bees. All over the world bees seem to be dying. Bees are the main pollinators for most fruits, vegetables and nuts, but there aren’t enough bees for this any more. They can no longer keep up with all the crops that need pollinating in order to meet our ever-growing demand for food.

The bees are not concerned about or even aware of the impact that their declining numbers has on our food crops. But we all should be worried about the future of the bees and what global issues their decline may be indicative of. We all share the same earth and in many ways the bees are viewed as an indicator species, like the proverbial canary in the coal mine. There are a number of different theories, including pesticides, viruses and parasites, but we still don’t know exactly what’s going on and scientists continue to investigate the causes of their declining population.

In the meantime I’ll keep planting things that bees like in my garden and I’ll keep watching and hoping to see more bees.