Planting the “Bee Tree” benefits us all!

January 30, 2014

We love our bees - and why wouldn't we?  Imagine a world  without  tomatoes, onions, carrots and beans not to mention the hundreds of other vegetables, fruit and oil seeds that are dependent upon bees for pollination.

We are adamant about protecting our environment for many reasons not the least of which is to protect and help save the honey bee.

Did you know that 5 or 6 trees can produce as much nectar and pollen as a whole field of wildflowers? Planting a tree, especially in the city, is one of the most effective things you can do to help save the bees.

We are planting Linden trees on the farm for our bees but have discovered it has other beneficial uses as well. The flowers can be used to make a soothing herbal tea, reported to have health benefits with respect to colds, fever, infections, migraine headaches, liver and intestinal problems and high blood pressure.

Other great trees for bees are Chestnuts, Hollies, Black Locusts, Hawthorns, Oaks, Black Gums, Maples, Buckeyes, Mountain Ashes, Catalpas, Dogwoods, Redbuds, Hazels, Magnolias, Poplars, Sycamores, Tulip Trees and Willows and of course all types of fruit trees!

We use honey in our lip balm, soaps, salves, and many of our skin care preparations so we are happy to “give back” to our bee friends.

And remember Valentines Day is coming!  No bees no chocolate!  What?

Roses are red, violets are blue, we need bees, and bees need you!

Time to start planting trees, people!

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