The magic of bees

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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?

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Why garden? …a way to beautify you and your surroundings

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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The Summer Containers Are Planted — gardeninacity

The front containers have just been sitting around for a month or so, containing nothing but ripening Tulip foliage and the Sweet Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Lemonade’ which I used to underplant the Tulips. I’ll let the Sweet Alyssum age in place while the new plants fill in. Speaking of aging in place, it’s funny that […]

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Ferns, Phlox, and Fountain

Just beautiful!

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This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at work, so I’m doing another short post.

Fountain and ferns. Fountain and ferns.

First of all, I wanted to show you a picture of our new fountain, all settled in and with the Cinnamon Ferns (Osmundastrum cinnamomea) growing up around it. The birds seem quite happy with this new source of water. However, you may notice that my attempts to make the fountain level have failed. Some time this summer I will attempt to move the fountain onto a large paver which (I hope) will be easier to keep level.

Fountain with Phlox and Brunnera in bloom. Fountain with Phlox and Brunnera in bloom.

At the base of the fountain there is a clump of Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaritica) and the last flowers of the Heartleaf Brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla). These keep the color going now that the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)…

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Five Things I am Thankful For

I have been taught that we are all blessed; some more than others, it would seem. However, everyone on the face of the planet, has at least one thing he or she could be thankful for. Another well-learned lesson is that being thankful is a prerequisite for future blessings. An old gospel song states” … the blessings will come down as the praise goes up…” and similarly the importance of gratitude can be measured from  the platitude “it is more blessed to give, than to receive.” It is my hope, that even though we as human beings like to receive more than we give; that we at least express our thanks as much as we receive. Following are the five things that I am perpetually thankful for.

  1. Life

One of the first things I am thankful for is life, for without life, there is nothing. As long as we can awake and can breathe in a new day, our world is filled with promise. Encyclopaedia Britannica has defined life as “living matter that shows certain attributes which include responsiveness, growthmetabolism, energy transformation, and reproduction,” basically all the functions that separate living organisms from dead ones.

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Our lives consist of twenty hours every day and as long as we are free from mental or physical confinement we choose how to fill those 24 hours; whether we are happy or sad, stressed or energetic, productive or lazy or any combination of the above. I chose to fill my 24 hours with happiness, productive time, relaxation and if possible, adventure.

 

  1. Family

As it happens, we are born into families and later if we are lucky, we also become part of creating a family. Family may be nuclear or extended but extends also into the wider group, the clan and the village. In today’s living arrangements, the clan is not as important as it used to be, for with private property; families rarely live in the same immediate location. I am thankful for my family which is God’s gift to me, inclusive of my ancestors who have paved our way. Despite the fact that relationships of any sort are not easy to maintain, the gift of people who are connected to you by blood is very special, truly unique and valuable. Trust me, if you don’t think so now you will see it later.

  1. Garden

My garden is a magical place for me, this is where there is time for thought, quiet reflection and where some of life’s problems may be solved. More importantly, the garden spells hope for life, self sufficiency and food security. I also love being able to take simple cures from the garden. A great man once said that “the land turns to gold in the hands of the wise”. Another sage also purported that if one looked deeply into nature, one would understand everything better. With all these great things said, what is there not to like about a garden?

 

  1. Relative freedom/liberty

Compared to some other countries in the world, where I live is a very peaceful and stable environment. Yes, we have our economic challenges but I would not trade this rock for anywhere else… at this point in my life.

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  1. Health

Last but certainly not least, health is one of the things for which I am thankful. Health is wealth. If there is ill health, gone is all the vigour and vitality to enjoy what  life has to offer, whether it is family, the garden or freedom. Health is the glue that holds it all together. Love and health are akin and can be found in everything that I enjoy as they bind life together in a very special package.

 

Conclusion

Thanksgiving by Ralph Waldo Emerson pretty much sums up  how I feel about all the things I am thankful for:

 

For each new morning with its light,
for rest and shelter of the night,
for health and food,
for love and friends,
for everything Thy goodness sends.

I have shared with you readers, five things in my life that I am eternally thankful for. Now it is your turn: What things do you value in your life?

Source

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/340003/life

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No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
Thomas Jefferson

 

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