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Sun, Apr 15 2012 - 10:51 AM

Dying Bee Colonies


I saw on a PBS program this week how transport trucks filled with bees had to be shipped all around the country (US) in order to polinate all the different crops. The bees are dying at an alarming rate.


One thing I have noticed here (S. Ontario) is that the bees absolutely love the goldenrod flowers that bloom in late summer. I've wanted to get rid of my goldenrod plants for a long time but I decided to keep a line of them anyway because the bees like them so much. There were about 8 kinds of yellow jackets on them last year. Small bees, medium and bumble bees. Fuzzy, yellow and orangy bees, along with the wasps they all seem to like the goldenrod. These plants are probably the last good meal and dustup the bees have before the cold weather. So I will put up with the annoyance the goldenrod generates in order to try to keep a few more bees alive.


The goldenrod is quite invasive. Not only do the roots go down about 4+ inches on a mature plant, the golden flowers rapidly turn into a white fluff after they have been polinated, likely loaded with numerous seeds. As soon as I see the flower turning brownish white I try to cut them off. The only effective way to remove them without machinery that I have found, is the garden claw with a plunge and twist motion. A spade only seems to cut the roots in half and the plant is still there.


So if you want to help the bees out by planting goldenrod, I would be very careful where you plant them. Here they grow well in shade so you could try some garbage land and buy a bee hive if the plants grow (you will need a summer plant as well: alfalfa, almond trees etc).


In the Bible it mentions that, as man grows more sinful, animals will become more fierce and food supplies will become more precarious. In the Atlantic provinces a woman who was out jogging was killed by a new strain of coyote (perhaps bred with a wolf). Some of the problems can be attributed to urban sprawl, but not everything. Once again the Bible has proven itself to be just as relevant as it was 2 thousand years ago.



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roundtable - 6 years ago

I've heard that there are more aggresive bee strains starting to develop and I'm hoping that's an anomaly and not part of the current problem. Humming birds might also be part of the long term solution. Farmers may want to check their capabilities. Thanks. And I hope Phoenix gets a break this year considering the devastating fires last year.

praizeop2 - 6 years ago

There have been two bee attacks here in Phoenix this year. I don't know that I would want to encourage bees. I think I prefer humming birds. :) Blessings ~ Sarah