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Can You Help the Honey Bee?

 
Leebee
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04/19/2010 12:14 PM
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Can You Help the Honey Bee?
The answer is most emphatically yes.

Let’s start with something simple. Bees collect nectar and pollen from plants for food. They make honey from the nectar. Pollen is their sole protein source (honey bees are vegetarians) and they use it to make food for their young. Most of the important bee plants in the northeast are wildflowers. Of these, probably the single most valuable early spring wildflower is the dandelion. If a hive survives the winter, beekeepers know the bees will be safe from starvation if they can stay alive until dandelions bloom. Dandelion pollen is moderately nutritious and the nectar is abundant. It doesn’t normally produce what we call a ‘surplus’, i.e. enough nectar to produce honey above and beyond what the bees will use for themselves, so you won’t generally see dandelion honey for sale, but it gives the bees a huge boost and adds to the health and wellbeing of the hive. So a very simple, easy way to help honey bees is to refrain from killing the dandelions in your lawn. They’re actually quite pretty. And next time you see a bare patch, think about planting Dutch clover instead of grass. The bees thrive on various weeds in lawns, including clover and plantain (from which they collect pollen). Do you really have to have that perfect, manicured, chemical-laden lawn?

Along the same vein, several of the landowners at various locations where I keep bees are kind enough to not mow their lawns while dandelions and other bee plants like clover are blooming. They wait until the bees seem to have moved onto other flowers.

[link to www.gooserockfarm.com]
Anonymous Coward
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04/19/2010 12:31 PM
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Shit so this lawn crap I see advertised every 25 minutes on the telly is killing them as well.
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I planted a whole hillside of wildflowers on the side of a hill at my mom's house. the bees are really loving them when in bloom afro

i like to help nature out whenever i can so it helps me too when i am in need hf
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04/19/2010 12:34 PM
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Bees need help. Do what you can folks.
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I would love to help them by having my own hives, but that requires land and I live in an apartment...
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04/19/2010 12:47 PM
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i have wild flowers all over my property, I need the bees to pollinate my vegetable garden. So I lure them there with the flowers...
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Shit so this lawn crap I see advertised every 25 minutes on the telly is killing them as well.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 825212

yes, for two reasons I would say 1. it kills the flowers 2. the bees could take this poison back to their hive
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thanks for your replies guys, I saw this info about dandelions on another forum yesterday and had to repost.

I love bees, they were my 'colleagues' for a while last year when I worked picking raspberries.
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The answer is most emphatically yes.

Let’s start with something simple. Bees collect nectar and pollen from plants for food. They make honey from the nectar. Pollen is their sole protein source (honey bees are vegetarians) and they use it to make food for their young. Most of the important bee plants in the northeast are wildflowers. Of these, probably the single most valuable early spring wildflower is the dandelion. If a hive survives the winter, beekeepers know the bees will be safe from starvation if they can stay alive until dandelions bloom. Dandelion pollen is moderately nutritious and the nectar is abundant. It doesn’t normally produce what we call a ‘surplus’, i.e. enough nectar to produce honey above and beyond what the bees will use for themselves, so you won’t generally see dandelion honey for sale, but it gives the bees a huge boost and adds to the health and wellbeing of the hive. So a very simple, easy way to help honey bees is to refrain from killing the dandelions in your lawn. They’re actually quite pretty. And next time you see a bare patch, think about planting Dutch clover instead of grass. The bees thrive on various weeds in lawns, including clover and plantain (from which they collect pollen). Do you really have to have that perfect, manicured, chemical-laden lawn?

Along the same vein, several of the landowners at various locations where I keep bees are kind enough to not mow their lawns while dandelions and other bee plants like clover are blooming. They wait until the bees seem to have moved onto other flowers.

[link to www.gooserockfarm.com]
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Not to mention that the dandelion is one of the single most nutritious herbs on the planet. You can use every single part of it. The greens are way more nutritious than spinach. The root can be used for coffee, tea or extract.

Form a relationship with the dandelion, they are good friends.
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The answer is most emphatically yes.

Let’s start with something simple. Bees collect nectar and pollen from plants for food. They make honey from the nectar. Pollen is their sole protein source (honey bees are vegetarians) and they use it to make food for their young. Most of the important bee plants in the northeast are wildflowers. Of these, probably the single most valuable early spring wildflower is the dandelion. If a hive survives the winter, beekeepers know the bees will be safe from starvation if they can stay alive until dandelions bloom. Dandelion pollen is moderately nutritious and the nectar is abundant. It doesn’t normally produce what we call a ‘surplus’, i.e. enough nectar to produce honey above and beyond what the bees will use for themselves, so you won’t generally see dandelion honey for sale, but it gives the bees a huge boost and adds to the health and wellbeing of the hive. So a very simple, easy way to help honey bees is to refrain from killing the dandelions in your lawn. They’re actually quite pretty. And next time you see a bare patch, think about planting Dutch clover instead of grass. The bees thrive on various weeds in lawns, including clover and plantain (from which they collect pollen). Do you really have to have that perfect, manicured, chemical-laden lawn?

Along the same vein, several of the landowners at various locations where I keep bees are kind enough to not mow their lawns while dandelions and other bee plants like clover are blooming. They wait until the bees seem to have moved onto other flowers.

[link to www.gooserockfarm.com]
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hf
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Shit so this lawn crap I see advertised every 25 minutes on the telly is killing them as well.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 825212



In Quebec they outlawed lawn chemicals. DuPont is even suing them over it, fuckers. It's time to put an end to "better living thru chemistry". burnit hf
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Shit so this lawn crap I see advertised every 25 minutes on the telly is killing them as well.



In Quebec they outlawed lawn chemicals. DuPont is even suing them over it, fuckers. It's time to put an end to "better living thru chemistry". burnit hf
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yes, it's silly, when will man learn that he can not do better than nature can?!
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04/19/2010 01:16 PM
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You people are sofull of shit chemtrail killed the bees.

Chemtrail is poison.
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04/19/2010 01:22 PM
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I'm doing what I can. I don't put chemicals on my plants. I have some dandelions, and a number of other flowers. Last year we had tons of bees and our flowers were beautiful.

This year we have no bees. Well, I've seen four or five retarded dazed looking bees, and they were flying around aimlessly and not pollinating anything.

The problem here isn't a lack of flowers. The beautiful flowers are dying, unfertilized. It's a lack of bees.
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You people are sofull of shit chemtrail killed the bees.

Chemtrail is poison.
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Wow, So many idiots here today...
gwdance
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Re: Can You Help the Honey Bee?
If you have some land, start a bee hive. It isn't very had to do.
You could grow your own food, and fruit trees, and seed some wildflowers etc.
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You people are sofull of shit chemtrail killed the bees.

Chemtrail is poison.


Wow, So many idiots here today...
gwdance
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same as every other day.....
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04/20/2010 06:34 AM
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Shit so this lawn crap I see advertised every 25 minutes on the telly is killing them as well.



In Quebec they outlawed lawn chemicals. DuPont is even suing them over it, fuckers. It's time to put an end to "better living thru chemistry". burnit hf
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 526155


similar ban in ontario for a couple of years now. don't mind the weeds and the birds are happy about it too.

see if you can get permission to keep hives on the roof of the apartment building? many hotels and condos are getting in on the action.. there's an urban beekeepers co-op here, maybe one in quebec/montreal too?
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strange, I was driving in my car last month and a bee came in my car and landed close to me. My first thought was to smash it, but I said to myself, "Wait a minute, I haven't seen a bee in 6 or 7 years here. I can't do that!" So I stopped the car and let him out. I planted a garden and something has pollinated them, great!! I am worried about beneficial insects disappearing. Lots of telephone towers around, so it's rare to see anything these days.
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04/20/2010 08:27 AM
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No I cant sorry I have my own problems the honey bee seems like it can look after itself if you ask me.
It has done so for a very very long time without help from anyone.
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04/20/2010 08:33 AM
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If bees die so do we. Simple
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If bees die so do we. Simple
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No actually thats a very simplistic outlook right there.
We, and bees, have changed throughout millions of years.
We are still changing.
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If bees die so do we. Simple

No actually thats a very simplistic outlook right there.
We, and bees, have changed throughout millions of years.
We are still changing.
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Not as far as I have read, and its alot more than I have ever seen posted on GLP, and alot more than what others seem to know about it. For simplicity sake, if honey bees die out, the vast majority of us will die out, that's not something I am going to enter into discussion with you.

Yes we've changed through millions of years but not in conditions such as these, and not with a population like this where the effects will be devastating due to a larger demand for the same small food supply.
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04/20/2010 09:05 AM
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If bees die so do we. Simple

No actually thats a very simplistic outlook right there.
We, and bees, have changed throughout millions of years.
We are still changing.
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I guess this person is smarter than Albert Einstein who is quoted as saying... . "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination ... no more men!"
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Re: Can You Help the Honey Bee?
i have wild flowers all over my property, I need the bees to pollinate my vegetable garden. So I lure them there with the flowers...
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yep
honeysuckle is good too
anything that butterflies love will attract bees.
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If bees die so do we. Simple

No actually thats a very simplistic outlook right there.
We, and bees, have changed throughout millions of years.
We are still changing.


Not as far as I have read, and its alot more than I have ever seen posted on GLP, and alot more than what others seem to know about it. For simplicity sake, if honey bees die out, the vast majority of us will die out, that's not something I am going to enter into discussion with you.

Yes we've changed through millions of years but not in conditions such as these, and not with a population like this where the effects will be devastating due to a larger demand for the same small food supply.
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The bees dieing out would kill us with them. There is no question about it.
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feed them their own honey.

summon dandelion fairies.
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