I’ve dubbed myself May Ling Su, the Patron Pornsaint of Honey Bees.
Because I love raw honey. I’ve eaten all kinds of local raw honey everywhere I’ve lived. Each batch is a whole different taste of flowers. I eat it for fun and for health. I stir it into my tea, swallow it when I have a sore throat or a cough, and slather it on skin problems.
Honey is magical. And like all magic, I owe it my protection.
We have 3 acres of land and done nothing this spring. We have a landscaping company as our nearest neighbor, and we’ve gotten flyers advertising lawn mowing services, but we are standing our ground, letting the dandelions bloom yellow blooms all over the place. The bees love it! It makes me so happy to see them buzzing around. Our hydrangea tree is still barren, mint still low on the ground. I’ve got to feed the bees somehow until everything else blooms later this summer.
Join me in taking care of the bees. No matter how small or how big your garden is…
DO enjoy raw honey from your local beekeeper.
DO explore organic ways such as using compost to grow your plants.
DO use biocontrols such as ladybugs to prevent insects from eating up your plants.
DO leave some undisturbed “wild” areas in your garden for bees to take shelter in.
DON’T use toxic pesticides, especially neonicotinoids. Don’t believe all the bee-washing. That stuff kills!
I am happy to report that 10% of MAYCAM‘s membership dues for April was donated to the Pesticide Action Network, which is working to replace toxic pesticides with alternatives that are in harmony with nature.
(And I bought a set of honey spoons from Honey Love’s Etsy Shop. But that’s purely selfish.)
More info on protecting bees:
Fundraising Art Event:
The Bees Knees is on Saturday, July 19 at 6pm.
Alexi Era Gallery
1426 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103