I'm taking part in a sustainable initiative that wants to help save bees
in London. We would really appreciate some information from people
interested in gardenening to help push our project forward and make it
as good as it can be. Here are a few questions:
Would you plant bee friendly plants? Do you know how to make your garden
Do you use any technology as an information source to help you in your
How do you feel about using mobile technology to help you while you are
in the garden?
Would you feel motivated to garden bee-friendly plants if you get
discount on honey from local producers?
Please answer as many or as little questions as you'd like. Any
contribution would be very much appreciated! Thank you.
Good show! We BADLY need to save bees wherever. Hostile conditions,
such as pesticides and much more, are worrying not only home gardeners
commercial ones as well (and that includes small organic/non-organic
The only one of your questions that I feel qualified to answer is:
YES, I would plant bee-friendly plants, and I THINK I know how to make
I already have plants that are bee-friendly: rosemary, Persicaria,
lavender, citrus, and others. Many of these will not survive the
climate in the UK.
I use this newsgroup and the Web.
Given the mud and moisture found in my garden, I would definitely NOT
bring a smart phone with me while gardening. Sometimes, when my wife is
not home, I bring out a cordless phone (land-line); I place it away from
where I am working and wipe my hands before answering.
No. I prefer "varietal" honeys, that is honey from a single
identifiable flower (e.g., clover, orange, sage). In any case, the bees
visiting my garden are generally wild and not from an apiary.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
Thank you very much for the replies. This information is certainly going
to help the development of our project.
I have however one more question. I see that many of you wouldn't feel
motivated to garden bee-friendly because honey isn't that important.
What if instead you take part in a scheme where you collect points for
being bee-friendly and you get to spend them on plants and gardening
tools in gardening centers or could add them to your membership points
in a food chain as the Co-Operative.
I think you may be missing the point. Most gardeners are already "bee
friendly." What's a garden without bees? Dirt?
One of my favorite sights is early in the morning, finding bees asleep
on the flowers. I don't need added incentive to keep bees happy. I do
understand that humankind is as rough on bees as we are just about
everything else and it's not in the planets best interest to
irradicate species that help us but perhaps you're targetting the
Where does it say that we don't think honey is important? Personally
I try to buy honey that has not been heated (destroys enzymes).
But those of us who live in large metro areas do not HAVE honey
(I could check next time I am in one of our 4 farmers markets, just
out of curiosity.)
So if no producers available, how would scheme work?
If there's something I don't understand...?
But your original proposal
I don't see that at all from the responses here, this is a pre-prepared
second round reply from you. If you want honest answers from strangers it
would be better to show your own bona fides and avoid thoughtless
copy/paste. The fact that you are missing is that, aside from honey, bees
fertilise many flowering plants including some significant food crops.
Something that HB and DER are no doubt aware of but didn't say this time.
Where do you live? GPS coordinates would be nice so that we could send a
drone to take out the local malignant, infection of ignorance. Do you
have the tiniest scintilla of understanding about the importance of bees
to agriculture? Wht not ask gardeners, if they would breath oxygen, if
given the chance?
How have you stayed alive so long?!!
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