The secret life of bees

One of the reasons I love gardening is that there’s always something going on. The garden is teeming with life and activity 24/7. Something new is always waiting to be discovered.

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time watching the bees. There have been a lot of posts on the Facebook pages I follow about pesticides killing off our bee population, including powerful photos of what the fresh fruit and veg isle of our grocery stores would look like if there were no more  of these essential pollinators. I think about this as I watch them go about their daily lives in the garden.

Bee (and friend) exploring a sunflower

I find the bumblebees in my garden particularly funny. The way they bumble around… They almost look like they`re high, covered in pollen as if it`s cocaine, or drunk.

Bees covered in pollen

Bees covered in pollen

This guy staggered out of this zucchini flower like he was drunk!

This guy staggered out of this zucchini flower like he was drunk!

I joke, but in all seriousness they work really hard, doing the things that help to produce the abundance of fresh veggies that I enjoy on a daily basis. Then they return to their hives to continue the work that produces other delicious and useful things: honey (yum) and beeswax.

This guy was staring at me as if I was interrupting something private.

This guy was staring at me as if I was interrupting something private.

Nowadays, more and more people are thinking about and questioning how their food is produced and where it`s coming from. People are coming together and advocating for better and healthier food choices. Something so basic to our survival has become so complicated when really it shouldn`t be. And honestly, it isn`t. When we put growing food back into our own hands, we feel empowered and we make better choices. There are so many options for where to grow your own food – your own or a friend`s back yard, balcony or rooftop, a community garden, an allotment plot. If you don`t have your own space, you can share with others. I just have to look at my gigantic zucchini plant to realize that one tiny seed produces so much with very little effort. It`s easy!

We waste a lot of time and effort on things that don`t matter and neglect things that do or should matter to us. Growing your own food and supporting local growers is a great way to spend time with family and friends and to build community, which should be what life is all about.

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