Catch More Flies With Honey

Catch More Flies With Honey

From Scarlett Johansson, to Sylvia Plath to Aristotle to Sherlock Holmes, what do all of these famous people have in common? The answer is that they’re all or have been Bee Keepers. Otto Plath, Sylvia Plath’s father an Entomology professor at Boston University, was considered an authority on Bumblee Bees. His book, Bumble Bees And Their Ways, written in 1934 is still highly regarded to this day. It’s said, that in her last few months on earth, Sylvia Plath took up Bee Keeping and wrote about her Bees. Her sensual, intimate manner with her words, seem to be lending themselves to her innermost thought and feelings. "The bees are all women Maids and the long royal lady. They have got rid of the men " , and  “The box is only temporary”

Aristotle

Aristotle, back in the day, kept Honey Bees in primitive hives and observed their behavior. He was the first person to note “The Waggle Dance” in 330BC. The Waggle Dance is the method of communication used by the returning scout Honey Bees after a successful forage out in the field to get the buzz out in the Hive about the location of the newly found fresh flowers. Amazing to watch and ridiculously, logistically accurate, Honey Bees, have no ears and rely on vibrations to communicate. Within thirty minutes of The Waggle Dance being performed, worker Bees have flocked to the nectar rich flowers, at the exact location relayed to them logisticallyduring the dance.

Its a wildlife

Lately, there has been a lot of concern and talk about the effects of chemical pesticides, herbicides and insecticides on our wild eco systems. Neonicotonoids found in Bayer insecticide has been linked to Queen Bumble Bees unable to lay enough egg to start a colony. The No 1 cause of Colony Collapse Disorder amongst Honey Bee populations has been attributed to glyphosate found in the herbicide, Roundup by Monsanto. Astounding to even utter, most of the research done on the reasons for declining Bee populations is done by Monsanto. A multi national conglomerate that holds patents on  world GMO’s and hence the promotion of the overuse of synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides in modern day gardening and agriculture.

Say no to drugs

The best thing you can do for our precious wildlife is to throw away the chemicals and adopt organic sustainable practices in house and garden. With Monsanto and Scotts now targeting the home gardening industry, home gardens now use ten times more chemicals per acre of lawn than farmers use per acre of crops. You can get that perfect lawn without dosing is with chemicals , and you can harvest a successful veggie patch in a pot, planter, or backyard, without the use of chemical fertilzers . Companion Planting, surpasses weeds, retains soil moisture, adds nutrients and acts as a natural bug repellant. Historical examples of Companion Planting are," The Three Sisters", planting method of the Native American people or the quintessential  Cottage Garden informal yet well thought out design. Bee it, a humble Bumble Bee, to a hard working Honey Bee, let’s bring back some good old fashioned natural order, to protect our wildlife our environment, our health and our communities.

Composting

Composting is an effective way of continuously fertilizing the garden without chemicals. Decomposing food waste is part of the natural order of recycling organic matter into humus rich soil. Worms eat the decomposing matter and their digestive systems help mix minerals with humus. In turn their castings (poop) contain a high content of available humus and minerals  for immediate absorption by the plant. Worm castings can fertilize a plant in a 6 inch pot in or outdoors for up to 2 months. Sprinkle a TSP around the plant and mix in, or use liquid worm casting feed to fertilize or foliage feed.

If worms aren’t your thing even if it is just their poop, try my organic homemade plant food recipe. Feed plants once a month indoors and what ever their mineral requirements are outdoors.

Home Made Plant Food

blend 6 Eggshells, 1 TSP Epsom Salts, 1 TSP Baking Soda. This will give you 3 -4 tablespoons of dry mixture.

On the side, 48 hours before, place one banana skin in a closed cup of water. Use rain water or distilled water if available, or use tap water.

Add 1 TSP of dry mixture to 1 cup of banana water and blend well.

Further dilute with  3 cups of water.  YOU should have 4 cups of water mixed with  plant food. Keep stirring, feed each plant with up to a cup of water - plant food mix. If the dry ingredients deposit on top of the soil, water and mix in.

Feed up to 4 plants to 1 TSP of plant food mixture . Store any remainder dry plant food mixture in a cool, dry, air tight container, for up to 6 month.

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