Want to help bees? (without exploiting them)

  • Plant things that bees like
    *Viper’s bugloss, Sunflowers, Delphinium, Clover, Lavender, Buttercup, Mint, Lilacs, California poppies, Dahlias, Goldenrods, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Rosemary and more.
  • Buy local organic foods whenever possible and ask organic farmers to stop using pesticides. 
  • Let the weeds in your lawns stay (clover, dandelions and some wildflowers)
  • Don’t use chemicals and pesticides on your lawn or garden.
  • Help make “Bee roads
  • Put a small basin of water outside your house for thirsty bees.
  • Here’s a petition you can sign*
  • Be good to bees
  • Spread the word, inform people.

During a bee’s lifetime, she will only make approximately one teaspoon of honey, which is essential to the hive for times when nectar is scarce, such as during winter. At times there may be an excess in the hive, but this amount is difficult to determine and large-scale beekeepers often remove all or most of it and replace it with a sugar or corn syrup substitute. Can you imagine someone removing all the fruit juice from your house and replacing it with fruit-flavored soda? It may still give you energy, but eventually it will probably make you sick. (x)

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The Bee Garden Guild

Denmark // Zone 8

The “bee garden” is a little right triangle-shaped bed – where I have been growing the showiest and most fragrant purple, blue and pink flowers I can find in order to provide a concentrated source of forage for bees and other pollinators – right in the middle of the forest garden.

The idea is to attract the insects to the middle of the space, so all my fruit trees and vegetables around the periphery are pollinated.

Last year, in June, it looked like this:

Currently, this rather sandy and elevated garden contains blossoms that open in different seasonal windows, so there is always something blooming.

Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths early in the season fade to aquilegia and lilacs, while the lupins and giant alliums prepare to bloom throughout June; digitalis sends up a flowering spike in the meantime, as do mullein and astilbe. These are followed by gladiolus, wild daisies, and poppies. By that time all the blossoms in the bee garden have faded, the roses scattered throughout the rest of the garden start opening, and continue to do so well into winter.

I added the highbush blueberries and lilacs to this polyculture last year, training them to a single stem, so their fruit/flowers are above the herbaceous perennials. The fruit trees are some of this years’ seedlings: peach, apricot, and plum. They will benefit from the lupins fixing atmospheric nitrogen into the soil, and form a low canopy.

This is a simple 3-layer guild, but it stacks a number of functions into about a two square metre surface area.

I am happy with the way it’s begun to establish itself, and since it is so crowded with aggressive perennials, there is no virtually no weeding necessary. to maintain it. It generates its own mulch and fertiliser, and the carpet of plants hold water and humidity at the soil level, while sheltering all manner of insects below.


More edible forest gardening

cerothenull asked:

Not eating honey is not pro-Vegan. You are hurting the bees that actually pollinate those plants you have people working slave wages to pick for you

You are saying that I am hurting bees due to a single post that describes how industrialised beekeepers treat their bees, not to mention it has more than 20k notes, so I highly doubt you took time to read all the answers I gave. I answered that post and people choose to ignore it. 

It is easy to jump into conclusions without even seeing both parts. I said that I support beekeepers that do not commercialize their honey I never said that we don’t need to care about them or that beekeepers aren’t needed, that’s a big difference and that’s why I said people often read between the lines when it comes to vegan posts. 

I do not have to eat honey or buy honey to actually do something about bees, and that’s where people fail to realize what we are saying. Of course there are beekeepers now that rely on that to survive and I know many of them want the best for the bees as well; what we are asking is a change of mindset and stop seeing bees as honey producers, because they are more than that. We are asking to think about the issue beyond of consuming honey, to look for a different future where instead of seeing how the hell are we going to fix things, to actually see them in the wild, without problems and without being used, as they once were.

Nobody is saying to stop all beekeepers from what they’re doing now, that’s insane and everyone knows that, is as senseless as saying that everyone will stop eating meat this week. The ask was directed to a vegan blog that gives a vegan answer of why vegans do not consume honey, the answer never said we didn’t care about bees or that we wanted all beekeepers gone. I didn’t say lies in my answer, I said things that do happen and mostly in big commercialized bee farms that are more there for profit than for anything else. 

I never said that beekeepers as a whole were bad, I said honey consumption were bad because it is hurting bees, like it or not, the fact that are beekeepers that care doesn’t change the reality that the vast majority and the ones that control the honey supply do not care, and that’s what I was referring too.

Anyways, I know you tried to be an ass, too bad I do not care about senseless stuff like that. You forget you eat fruits, vegetables, legumes and everything that is picked by underpaid people too; and yes maybe you think I’m from the US or any country alike that treats their hard workers like shit; gladly I’m not and I have the blessing of being able to support local farmers each week and I don’t have to support that oppressing system you referred too, and that doesn’t mean I do not care, I care more than you do I bet. 

You probably

  1. don’t give a shit about the lives of slaughterhouse workers: how they are usually on shitty contracts, are usually poor and people of color (PoC), how they don’t have basic working rights, and how often times they are undocumented.
  2. don’t give a shit about how big, rich, Western, white countries go into other countries: usually (again) poor, underprivileged, native areas that are (again) usually inhabited by PoC. This takes land away from the people in that region or country and gives it to a) the livestock and/or b) the crops raised for that livestock.
  3. don’t give a shit about the fact that animal product consumption is causing deforestation: there are undiscovered plants and other things in these areas that could help with medicine, not to mention that rain forests and other land contributes to 20% or so of the Earth’s oxygen. This effects not only non-human animals, but human animals as well.
  4. don’t give a shit about the people back in their homes: in rich, white countries like the United States who live next to these factory farms. How their water quality is shit, the air quality is shit, the soil turns to shit and how they have higher rates of ailments that don’t effect people who don’t live near factory farms. This also leads to the areas being more poverty stricken.
  5. don’t realize that they too (unless they fancy themselves to only live on meat, dairy, milk, honey and other animal products) eat the same exact fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods that those same farm workers pick for a plant-based diet.

Source

And just to not leave you hanging with the bees situation, we do have options to support, where people take care about bees without selling their honey, which is the point of everything I’ve been trying to say since that question I got. Here are just some examples, feel free to search for more options as well.

This blog is Bee Positive🐝🐝🐝🐝

I just unfollowed a couple radical vegans who were arguing that we leave bees totally alone and just protect their environment.

I’m not an entomologist but I do know that beekeepers are an important aspect of saving honeybees. Our food supply including all vegetables and fruit, must be pollinated or we won’t survive.

I support planting bee friendly gardens and protecting native wildflower environment but I also definitely support organic beekeeping.

Bee Fact #134


Bees don’t show up on fancy cameras very well because the frequency that they vibrate (even when appearing to be still) disrupts the frequency of the shutter on the lens, so that they appear to be half there and half not in blurred stripes.

This is less of a problem with modern cameras, but it is a little known fact that much of 20th century nature photography featuring bees, was made using fake model bees.

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this is the highest form of art i can possibly imagine

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!! THE “FAMILY BIRTHFAY” PHOTO IS FROM MY 8TH BIRTHDAY. I PHOTOSHOPPED MY FRIEND, WHO IS COSPLAYING THE JOKER, INTO A PHOTO FROM MY 9TH BIRTHDAY AS A JOKE AND IT’S STILL SAILING AROUND THE INTERNET. GOOD LORD. I AM SO AMUSED EVERYTIME I SEE IT.

I MADE THAT PICTURE IN LIKE 10th GRADE. GUESS I DID A GOOD JOB PHOTOSHOPPING.