Without bees, how would we get our food? Pollination is one of the most important things that bees do. Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anther (male part) of a flower to the stigma (female part) of a flower. The transfer of pollen results in fertilization and the formation of seeds. The seeds stimulate growth of the surrounding ovarian tissue or the flesh of the fruit. Flowers with higher levels of fertilization produce more seeds and thus bigger fruit.
Fruit crops especially need insect pollinators for pollination (e.g. cherries, guava, passion fruit, jamun and pomegranates. We actually need bees and other insects in our garden when those blooms appear so that we can reap some fruit. Proper pollination can increase fruit size, yield, cause fruit to ripen quicker and improve the shape of the fruit. In plants that are not self-pollinating, pollination is done by wind or animals, mainly bees. So now do you see how important bees are?
Gardening is a very worthwhile activity. Apart from its therapeutic effects, gardening allows you to grow your own food which is great for food security , especially in times of shortage.
With proper planning, you should be able to supplement what you now buy at the grocery store and by so doing, save money. In addition, if there is a surplus, it may be useful to preserve some food. There are a lot of free resources on the internet which teaches how to can and preserve food.
Another great idea is building a community and coordinating with your community members what each member will plant so that you can share produce and benefit from the right growing atmosphere- for example, tomatoes may grow better in your neighbour’s soil while cabbages may grow better on yours.
There are so many other thing you can do like cooking from scratch, using almost all your ingredients from your garden, saving seeds to replant, exchanging seeds with friends and neighbours and just overall becoming self- sufficient and saving money!
Who is ready to start?
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