Organic Farming & Bees

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Did you know that if a Queen Bee isn’t doing her job properly, the hive will kill her?

Not so nice now is it…? Bees are really fascinating and there’s a wealth of information out there on them. I’ve only scratched the surface and I’ll be talking more about them later on in this post.

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The air is starting to get crisp, cold and bitter.
Snow is gently floating down from the sky.
Winter is here!

It’s not the end of the year just yet, but I’m really excited to share some of the things I have learned outdoors this year.

In the springtime I built a second raised garden bed. When I first began building it, I estimated it would cost about $40 dollars. I was wrong. I spent closer to around a 100 dollars, and in that price was: wood, anti-weed fabric, organic soil (which I got at a discount price), plain wood chips, and of course the heirloom plants/seeds.

I had the hardest time over the years growing plants from seed in my home. I used the window at the front of the house that got the most sun, which to my dismay did not work. For a random experiment this year, I tried the back patio door and was surprisingly successful. My little seedlings grew strong and large!

I grew:

  • Pumpkins
  • Zucchini (failed)
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant (failed)
  • Sage
  • Different varieties of kale
  • Purple tomatoes
  • Tigerella tomatoes
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Oregano

I feel like I might be missing something but that’s okay. I planted more than I could handle while working full-time.

As for using an organic method for a “pesticide”, I used a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap in a standard sized spray bottle. I think I went a little crazy with the spraying  sometimes as the leaves on some of the plants were showing some signs of burning. However, most things turned out great and wonderful, leaving me oh-so-happy!

By the way, I consider myself an urban farmer. I have a large backyard to work with luckily.

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Moving forward, I took part in some beekeeping classes this year. I didn’t get into the hands-on part of the classes since I had to deal with a tragedy in my life. I’ll definitely continue when I can.

I plan on getting into more detailed blog posts about bees since there’s so much to learn about them and I hope others find the time to learn about them too!

There are approximately over 20,000 species of bees. Due to many substances in our environment, they are dying off at an alarming rate. You are probably wondering why they are so important…

Time to lay down some bee facts!

  • They are the only insect that can produce something humans can consume
  • Bees are pollinators, which helps us grow food
  • The queen bee can live up to 5 years, while a worker bee typically lives up to 40 days
  • They work HARD, it’s like they say…busy as a bee!
  • Over a thousand flowers provide for a spoonful of honey
  • Bees have been around for millions of years, and were originally wasps
  • During the winter they live off the honey they collected in the hive

Thank you for taking the time to read!

– Earthy Britt

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