“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” – Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of Bees
Michelle and I love bees. In fact, Michelle gets so excited watching the bees, you would think she was still a child.
Unfortunately, between a cold winter and colony collapse, we don’t see nearly as many bees as we once had. I remember watching bees by the hundreds scattered across the yard buzzing from one clover flower to the next. We had to watch our step when walking across the lawn, as you never knew when you were about to step on a bee and get the sting of a lifetime.
Last year, we had tons of bees working every flower of every plant in the garden. Even in the raspberries and pears, you couldn’t look at a flower without watching a honeybee in action. Though we have countless bumblebees, they’re overall population has dropped dramatically, as well.
Michelle and I have decided to invest in a hive or two for next year. We know there’s a lot of work involved, but we’re ready to do what we think is necessary for the food system.
What do you think about bees?