This has been the strangest gardening season ever. For once, it started early. We had such a mild winter that tree sprouts and bulb shoots were up a few weeks early. The bees were booming and ready to swarm before we were even thinking of swarm season.
Visiting critters made it almost impossible to garden, and between chasing wild life and tending the garden, my lips got really dry.
Provide undisturbed soil to provide and preserve underground nesting sites for native pollinators.
If we dedicate a few square feet of undisturbed soil to host ground nesting bees, we will be supporting biodiversity and the survival of native pollinators. And from all the things we can do to help, this one is probably the easiest one, since we don't have to do anything. Just let nature do its thing.
I love summer pollinators. This tiger swallowtail was flitting gracefully from coneflower to coneflower yesterday, and the sunset light was hitting it perfectly.
Our moisturizer with Shea butter and vitamin E can help soothe dry skin exposed to the elements during the summer.
Honeybees collect nectar from flowers and use it to make honey. However there is a period of dearth during the Summer, where there's very little in bloom.
A dearth can trigger robbing, where strong colonies attack weaker ones.
Here are some ideas of how you could help.
Did you know that the Babylonians were making soap around 2800BC? That's almost 5000 years ago! They boiled fats (an acid) with ashes (a base) to make soap.
I enjoy how handcrafting soap makes us part of a millenary tradition.