Organic September Day 15: The Bees!

15 Sep 2014

Of course I couldn't write a post every single day during Organic September without mentioning the bees. Going organic and buying organic products helps to save the bees because they aren't being killed off by the pesticides that regular farmers use on their produce. 


Organic farming is based on a system that works with nature, rather than against it meaning there are no genetically modified plants nor pesticides, making it a haven for bees! Bees are vital to farming as they are wonderful pollinators, meaning we can grow fruits & vegetables and one in every three mouthfuls of our food is thanks to bee-pollinations. Without bees we would not be able to support the wide range of crops & plants on the farm & our diets would be pretty darn boring!

Organic farms also provide wild spaces, providing a diverse range of flowers and habitats for bees to nest and shelter. By supporting their place in the delicate natural balance of plants and insects that are dependent on one another, organic farming is supporting both biodiversity and bees!

One major problem we have is intensive agricultural practices in general. Many people use a range of pesticides, including herbicides which kill off plants that the bees love to forage on which is having a negative impact on the bee populations. There are over 250 different bee species, the honey bee being one of my favourites but also those cute furry bumble bees that come flying onto my flowers in my garden! Not all bees live in hives either, there are solitary bees such as the Leafcutter and the Red Mason Bee that like to live in tunnels in the ground or in twigs or they make nests in holes in wood. This is where you can get creative & make your own Bee & Bee! Simply make a wooden box, get some logs with holes in and some canes or twigs & let the bees set up their own home! Or if you don't want to make your own there are plenty available in the market! My favourites are these from Bee Palace:


How cool is this?! Just yesterday I actually found a "Make your Own Insect Home" kit from my local emporium (I'll upload a photo sometime tonight) so I'm super chuffed as it was only £10 and its so cute and diddy I'm so excited & hope that some bees will nest in it over the Winter!

Here are some brands, companies & website that a bee-friendly and help to save the bees:

Bee Good - Read my review here
Our Tiny Bees - Read my review here, watch my video here
Beefayre - Read about my trip to their HQ here
Neal's Yard Remedies (Bee Lovely Campaign) - It all smells delicious!

Amber
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6 comments :

  1. Lovely post Amber. I have a home for leafcutter bees in my garden, just a load of bamboo in a hut but they love it. x

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  2. It is worrying the effect pesticides is having on the bees, the "houses" are super cute which is an added bonus for anyone with a fancy garden :D

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  3. Aw, Bee & Bee!! Love it! Was a very interesting read and I definitely learned a new thing or two =) Thanks for sharing Amber! xx

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  4. This is just too cute. I'm bee obsessed... most of my fave jewellery revolve around cute little bees!

    great post

    LuckyPretty

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