"My father always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn" - Louis Adamic
While spring is making its reentrance at this time of the year, bees are waking up and start their hard labour of gathering and growing. Bees, both solitary and honey, are crucial to life on earth, as they are the main pollinators of most blooming plants. It is often said that without bees there would be no life on earth, something that is worrisome, seen the difficult times they are having to survive.
What can you do to support the bee?
Bring bees into your garden. You can become an enthusiastic back yard beekeeper, which is a very rewarding and wonderful hobby. You can get a beehive and simply let them live there without any further assistance or interference. You can support solitary bee life by providing appropriate potential housing for them (search google for solitary bee housing for ideas). You can plant plants and trees that feed and attract pollinators.
Buy from your local beekeeper. Honey, pollen, propolis, candles, name it, everything that is bee related and keeps a beekeeper in business. Keeping bees is labour and investment intensive and at the same time a beautiful and very important job. By supporting someone in your area financially to keep it going, you also help the health of our planet and of your self. Be absolutely sure that your honey is coming from a source that is as natural and unprocessed as possible. Try to eat your honey in its raw and uncooked form as much as possible as heating it makes it lose many of its life-giving and medicinal properties.
books about beekeeping: Natural beekeeping by R. Conrad, The Barefoot Beekeeper by P.J.Chandler
A book about the threatened situation of the honey bee: Fruitless fall: the collapse of the honey bee and the coming agricultural crisis by R. Jacobsen