Good Day Readers.
This is a short introductory series of articles for those of you who have serious concerns about the state of things on what most of you regard as your Mother Earth. In the back of most of your minds is the grim reaper’s scepter. That scepter is like a two-pronged fork. It is otherwise known as global warming and climate change. As far as most of you are concerned, there is simply no debate. Most of the blame in regard to global warming and climate change is manmade. We have deliberately not made mention of humankind in pointing the finger of blame.
In this introduction to beekeeping we are both stubborn and resolute in not apportioning blame to the woman and children of this earth. And it goes without saying that no blame can ever be apportioned to the flora and fauna of this the only known planet in this vast universe known as planet earth. Historically, since man first walked the planet, he has been nothing but a war monger, seeking to conquer new territories and destroy everything, including fellow-human beings, in his path. Since the beginning of time, women have always been nurturers, seeking only to grow and cherish whatever and whomever is left in their care.
Children, well now, we cannot possibly blame them now can we. You could just say that they remain young and innocent until such time as their eyes and minds are opened and awakened as young adults. And should they ever step off of the path of righteousness and proper custodianship of the earth and all that is in it they would have learned something not quite right from their adult peers. As things stand now, the creatures of this earth, not humankind, are the most threatened by the abovementioned specter of global warming and climate change, mostly caused by man.
The flora is grievously threatened as well. One of the most startling visual impressions of man’s wrongdoing lies far, far south of the earth’s globe. This is the South Pole or Antarctica. It is here that large tracts of land, ice caps to be precise, stretching for kilometers on end are melting at a phenomenal rate as the earth’s atmosphere heats up, are crumbling and crashing into the sea. And as this happens, the oceans’ levels rise and the temperature of the waters heat up. This, specifically, is what is causing us to experience unprecedented extreme weather patterns.
Tornados, hurricanes, excessive monsoons, heavy snowstorms, you name it, no matter where in the world you are, you feel it. But why talk about the importance of bees in this light? True enough that you are not ever going to find swathes or swarms of bees down in Antarctica or even along the North Pole. Temperatures are too low and plant life is not conducive to its habitat. The same goes for the earth’s hottest hotspots, let us just say. It is too hot and dry for plant life to flourish and the bees need it for its existence.
In light of global warming and climate change, why talk about bee-friendly gardens, for instance, instead of other matters of flora and fauna which obviously require urgent attention. The answer to this question is easy to give. All forms of plant species, even those lying in the dryer regions of the earth, need vast numbers of bee species to survive. The bees contribute significantly to the cross-pollination of all forms of plant species, from your tallest oaks to your quaint herb garden, heavily infused with strong scents along with its colorful bouquet. Plants and bees have a co-operative agreement in order to ensure its survival. But why choose to talk about bees and raw honey over and above all other sources of life and food?
Simply put, if the bees go, all other forms of plant and animal life go too. Much later down the food chain, humankind, man, women and children will go too. If there are no bees and honey, there will be no food for all species to suckle on. It is well-known that bee species across the world remain defiantly hardy, self-sufficient (to a degree) and adaptable, but now is not the time to be complacent in admirably enjoying its natural wonder. Give the survival of all bee species urgent priority and you start to reverse the global pitfalls of increasing temperatures and drier than usual seasons.
Those who want to save the earth will do well in learning as much as they possibly can about all the bees of the world and the raw honey that it produces. In doing so, they will come to better appreciate the importance of growing their own natural and organic gardens in their domestic environments. Doing so, your small and modest garden, even in an urban setting – remember, we did say that bees are adaptable – becomes a magnet for bees. You do not need to start up your own bee hive – sadly, urban legislation continues to impede but need not be – all you need do is start planting your own flower and vegetable bulbs and the bees will come.
Under the guidance and leadership of the queen bee, the bees will establish its own colonies and, of course, build their own hives. That is quite possibly the most organic form of beekeeping that we can think of. Simply focus all your attention, and love and devotion – all that a good mother would typically give – towards starting up your own garden, even if it is going to be a small row of pot plants, say hardy geraniums and boxed tomatoes, on your windowsill, and the bees will come. Not a day in its ongoing mission to survive goes by when it does not pounce on an opportunity to collect pollen and nectar for its beehive.
The next article will focus on organic gardening as a means to a positive end in attracting bees to your small home.