Saving our Honey Bees, One Bee at a Time

by Ruth Ward

There is nothing better than biting into a sweet juicy apple but if we don’t help our bee population that will be a thing of the past! Without honey bees, there is no pollination and without pollination, well, there would be…….no fruit. Without plants to feed our animals, there would be no beef. You can see where I am going with this, right?

It’s very convenient to go to the store and buy a bottle of Sevin dust and sprinkle it on your plants to kill bad insects, but did you know that it does not discriminate and kills honey bees? Some bees are now on the endangered species list due to pesticides. A good alternative to harmful chemicals is to get a 1-quart spray bottle, fill it with water and add a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. Not only is this safe for good insects, pets, and kids but it is also much cheaper!

Without honey bees, our diets would consist of only wind-pollinated plants like wheat, corn, rice, and a few others. Wouldn’t that be boring and unhealthy, to say the least?

Honey is one of the world’s most amazing, natural gifts on our planet. Did you know that it has no expiration date? Did you know that it helps with cuts, burns, and even allergies if you use LOCAL honey? Honey contains natural anti-inflammatory characteristics that fight allergies.

It is important to look for honey that has come from your local area. This will give you the best health benefits.

Local beekeeper Chappie McChesney teaches beekeeping and mentors dozens of new and old beekeepers. He is always happy to share his love of honeybees with clubs, schools, churches, social groups. McChesney can help you set up your own hives. He can also help if you have an unwelcome swarm of honey bees at your house.

McChesney says that it is helpful to honey bees if you plant bottle brush plants, bee balm, calendula, and many other types of plants. You can even buy a mixture of seeds made up for honey bees that provide blooming plants all year long.

Contact Chappie McChesney via email at chappiesbees@windstream.net or visit his Facebook page-Chappie McChesney.

For a list of pollinating plants visit -GardeningSoloutions.IFAS.UFL.EDU/Design?gardening-with-WIldlife/Bee-Plants.html