Sometimes I ponder about the fact that we hear more and more often about the importance of nature, of opening the eyes because our planet is not on a good way. Biodiversity is seriosuly in danger, #savingthepollinators #savingthebees…but it doesn’t sound to you often more like just a murmur? Like something far away from us, that does not really affect us. You have your life, your daily routine and, despite an ongoing pandemic, you are fine afteralll…and so on, it is just a murmur that you hear from time to time, because in the end what can I do? Well, you can do much, you can make the difference…there are many ways to support bees!
How to make the difference??
To go beyond the hashtag and do something more practical, you don’t have absolutely to be a beekeeper or be obsessed by pollinators. Nethertheless, I can understand that, thinking about it, it could seem this way instead. Like if it’s something just for few nature lovers. Or maybe you would really like to do something, but “I don’t have the garden, how can I plant bee-friendly plant?” “I don’t have time unfortunately, how could have some beehives on my own?” “Me actually I have a garden, but I don’t really feel like taking care of the plants!“…so, which are the ways to support bees?
I pondered much about it, because in the end to be honest I was asking myself the same things. We are bombed with so many news about environment, most of them with catastrophic tones, but we are not bombed with solutions in the same way. Have you noticed it you too? This makes easier to feel helpless and let this kind of murmur slipping away. In any case, I believe and I do know that we can make the difference. Nothing is impossible! Most important is to start from somewhere. And here below I have prepared a list of activities that can help bees but not only! Like a butterfly beat that can move the ocean, these are ways to support bees but also all pollinators in general, and so biodiversity too, hence our planet and the future generations.
Which are the ways to support the bees?
- prepare a source of water: we had already spoken about it, bees need water, they need it for their brood, so it’s really essential to strengthen the super organism. You don’t have to exaggerate, even just a little dish or a bowl with some supports such as pieces of wood or old cork caps or floating little balls. Only remember to change it daily.
- Leave a part of your garden untouched: if you have a piece of garden, it would be nice to leave a portion of it completely untouched. I mean a part where you don’t have to do absolutely nothing – easy no?? but why?! Well, it will be a kind of mini 100% natural oasis. Maybe it won’t look like that special to you, but bees and nature in general will appreciate much. Especially when you take care of your garden, you will affect its natural balance without even realising it. You will affect the natural habitat of some animals that maybe you neither know or like, but their existence is important. That’s why a little natural oasis has a ‘repairing action’ and will protect that natural habitat corner.
- Don’t kill the bees: ‘a beeee heeelp give me a slippeeer…‘…but why?? Consider that a bee stings only to protect herself, indeed when she stings she dies. Don’t you believe that at this point she has other priorities than chasing you to sting you? Live and let live!
- Don’t use pesticides: whenever you have a farm or a small vegetable garden, avoid using pesticides, fungicides or chemical substances. A part from the fact that as a long-term consequence, you would spoil your ground and so your harvest itself, but in addition they are extremely harmful for all pollinators. As an alternative, there are many other efficient and safe Bio solutions. For example, for our vegetable garden, we use a mix of water and nettle – nothing more – and it works very well! But eggs’shells and coffee powder waste too are useful to make the ground richer…so throw them away, yes, but in your vegetable garden! 🙂
- Buy honey from the nearby, at your trustful beekeeper: support beekeepers that you know how they work and how they take care of their bees. This is a great commitment – at a social level too from a certain point of view – that must be recognized and appreciated! Give value to quality.
- Buy fruits and vegetables from the nearby: in this case as well, try to opt for fruit and vegetables produced in your surroundings…because you know from where it comes from and how they care of it. Moreover, you avoid that big corporations (that most probably use the famous pesticides to increase their production and earn more) use planes and ships – them too source of pollution – to let you have out-of-season and/or low quality food. Think carefully about it, does it make sense? Enjoy local fruits and vegetables belonging to the current season and you won’t regret it…this too makes the difference, remember it!
- Don’t leave sugary food or drinks around: once while attending a webinar, I was so impressed by the fact that from some lab analysis they had found traces of coca-cola in some honey. Oh yes, bees are gourmand and they are indiscriminately attracted by sugar. However, if they target something that we forgot around like a snack, a cocacola or tea tin, these are sugars that are definetely not good and in the end they’ll be in our honey as well.
- have a insect hotel: this is something that we miss but we would like to build one on our own soon 🙂 in any case, you can also simply buy it and you can have one without any issue! Offering a hotel – a shelter – to the pollinators, does not require so much effort or space and it’s for sure something more that can be done to help. It could be very nice and helpful for children as well, to awaken their curiosity and sensitise them towards these topics.
- plant bee-friendly flowers and plants: if you would like to find out more about those that are most appreciated by our friends bees, we suggest you to have a look here.
- read books, journals and blogs about this topic: we have the right to get informed and keep us informed. Reading about ways to support bees and biodiversity in general can only give you a more complete vision about the beekeeping world and helps you to let you have a different perspective (to you, right you that you are reading us, we thank you with all our heart)
- watch documentary and attend beekeeping courses: education too is very important. According to your interests, there are so many opportunities to find out more (also and especially online in these times). For example, I am always glad to follow the webinars of Apicoltura Italiana webinar. With a low amount (20 euros per year), you can attend (or you can watch also the pre-recorded version) all the webinars they offer, one more interesting than the other.
- Speak about it: it may sound banal, but it’s this way. Speak about bees, pollinators, biodiversity with friends, relatives, look actively for ways to support bees, search for honey recipes, look for pollinators in the nature, experiment and share posts and pics,… the more you speak about it, the more people can understand that it’s important and the more people will be pushed to do something
- suggest and involve the administration of your town into beekeeping projects: being citizens means also giving your contributions personally and with a sense of civic duty to the wellness of where you live. Already by suggesting activities or initiatives to sensitise your fellow citizens can make the difference. The administration of your town can take care firstly of spreading ways to support bees. Maybe you too, by sharing this article with them 🙂 It can be a very important first step.
Now it’s your turn!
Ok, so now no excuses anymore – it’s forbidden to postpone! You have only to decide from where to start. Let’s say that you are definetely spoilt for choice. Are you already putting into practice something from the list above? From where would you like to start otherwise? Let us know with a comment here below and if you have found this article interesting, do not hesitate to share it!