Our Gardens and our Pollinating Insects

Well hello there internet friends. I might have slightly neglected this blog..again but oh well it’ll fine. So really I’ve come to ask for some help from you guys for a project that I am undertaking at college which comes in the form of a little survey and poll. Which will be below after I give you a little overview about what it’s about.

So as the title entails my report is going to be about our gardens and our pollinators but more specifically I’m going to research about what we do as gardeners and horticulturists. For example do you provide habitats for bees by providing bumblebee houses or give a selection of what plants you grow that you think is beneficial to the pollinators. I’ll do an example just to get the ball rolling and if you have any queries or want to add anything else just comment at the bottom! I’d love for you guys to comment some of your favourite insect friendly flowers!

And please remember to like and subscribe to me and share this post with your friends so I can get a bigger response and get a varied response.

I promise to actually do something and make this blog a more regular occurrence (I know I keep saying this but it WILL happen) So come back I will try to post every Monday, so come back next week and I’ll update you all on like everything, and also I’ll have a more regular look through all your posts because you guys are awesome!

Anthony x

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My Beehive – One Step Closer…

At long last…its finally happened, my beehouse has arrived. I was given my beehouse by a person who recently had to give up bee keeping because of complaints by a neighbour. He has built it all himself and is to national hive dimensions. He has spent the last week or so fixing it up for my birthday. I really do like it, it will offer my garden a bit more rusticness (if that’s a word!!) and the wooden theme is carried through.

The next step is to get my nucleus of bees, this just means the starting point it is a cluster of around 10,000 bees and then 1 queen. I may be getting them at the end of july in time for my show or may get them ready for next year. I’ve even planted a bee border close to the hive and is currently being planted up this year. I think I will get some more plants at gardeners world live and the tatton park show.

Below is a photo of my hive, and then below that is a pic of the hive I hope to get in the future if I get into beekeeping! 

This is my new beehouse which will be the perfect starter hive to get me started.

Above is the Omlet Beehaus, this is the house I would like to get if I like beekeeping. I’ll think I will sell honey and put the proceeds towards this.

I hope you’ve liked the first insight in my beekeeping tales and I’ll let you know when the bee’s arrive!

A sad end and new beginning…

It’s official we cannot keep 4 chicken for some reason as the same fate has come upon us once again. I went to let the chickens out this morning and found that one of them is dead, I don’t know why but it was the replacement for the last one that died, (a golden silkie). I think it was something to do with her having a “funny” bum meaning there was poo all over, but never mind. We buried it just outside the chicken coop next to the fruit patch.

On a bit of a brighter note, i think that we are definitely getting bees now. I’m over the moon as we will be giving the bees a new lease of life. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the plight of the honeybee but what you might not know is just how serious this is, did you know for example that there are no wild honeybee colonies left in the wild in the UK . This is mostly to do with varroa mite. A tiny might which gets into bee larvae and causes deformities in the resulting bee. This makes the colony very deceptable to disease which eventually results in colony collapse disorder or CCD for short. This is when the colony is so weak, the bees just virtually disappear. CCD’s causes are not yet fully understood however it has resulted in a dramatic decline in honeybee populations across north america and is now reaching us and spreading rapidly throughout the UK. Please help the bees by planting many benefical flowers for them as remember without the honeybee the human race only has around 25 years left to live or is it 65? Anyway it’s not long so please help them and who knows maybe you could keep bees, i mean if I can do it anyone can!!