Of course I couldn’t write a post every single day during Organic September without mentioning the bees. Going organic and buying organic products helps to save the bees because they aren’t being killed off by the pesticides that regular farmers use on their produce.
Organic farming is based on a system that works with nature, rather than against it meaning there are no genetically modified plants nor pesticides, making it a haven for bees! Bees are vital to farming as they are wonderful pollinators, meaning we can grow fruits & vegetables and one in every three mouthfuls of our food is thanks to bee-pollinations. Without bees we would not be able to support the wide range of crops & plants on the farm & our diets would be pretty darn boring!
Organic farms also provide wild spaces, providing a diverse range of flowers and habitats for bees to nest and shelter. By supporting their place in the delicate natural balance of plants and insects that are dependent on one another, organic farming is supporting both biodiversity and bees!
One major problem we have is intensive agricultural practices in general. Many people use a range of pesticides, including herbicides which kill off plants that the bees love to forage on which is having a negative impact on the bee populations. There are over 250 different bee species, the honey bee being one of my favourites but also those cute furry bumble bees that come flying onto my flowers in my garden! Not all bees live in hives either, there are solitary bees such as the Leafcutter and the Red Mason Bee that like to live in tunnels in the ground or in twigs or they make nests in holes in wood. This is where you can get creative & make your own Bee & Bee! Simply make a wooden box, get some logs with holes in and some canes or twigs & let the bees set up their own home! Or if you don’t want to make your own there are plenty available in the market! My favourites are these from Bee Palace: