One example of the symbiotic relationship between crops and their pollinators is the almond growing industry. Between February and Marhc of each year, almond trees bloom and bees forage among the blossoms for nectar. When they do, they pollinate from tree to tree and each blossom they pollinate produces an almond. After the almond season, the beekeepers move their bees across the U.S. pollinating more than 90 other crops and making honey as they go. Thirty three percent of our global food production relies on pollinators.
However, the increasing use of pesticides, such as glyphosate products, and the encroaching of the land that pollinators need have critically affected both the number of bees and the health of the bees.
I am not a commercial beekeeper, but I want to do my small part to give bees a safe and healthy place to land on their pollinating way. To do that I have taken a portion of my yard and planted it in succulents and lavender and other colorful plants to attract the bees I don't use any fertilizer or pesticide. This not only supports the bees but conserves on my water use and yard maintenance.They seem to like it and I enjoy watching them buzz from plant to plant.
We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive and where all things work together positively in the cycle and balance of life. Enjoy planting a bee happy succulent garden with your children and feel good about helping Mother Earth as she helps us!