Hive Design and the Honey Bee

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The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others. — St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, d.407 What is in a design? Why do hives differ so much? Which hive is best? Choosing the best hive for your bees doesn’t need to be complicated. Once people… Read more »

Seven Health Uses for Honey

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Photos © Craig Mackintosh Honey, sweet gift of our buzzing sisters the bees, is one of Nature’s exceptional health offerings. Bees make it for themselves and their brood, to live on through the winter – as such, it’s packed with everything they need, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that are beneficial for us too!… Read more »

If You Plant It, They Will Come – Friendly Pollination Practices

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Blazing Star and Little Sulphur (source) Encouraging pollinators into our gardens is one of the biggest contributions we can make to ensure a healthy polyculture of plants and insects on our land. About ninety percent of all plant species need pollinating insects. Planting natives is an essential step in increasing habitat for our little friends…. Read more »

An Adventure with Bees in Guatemala

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This is a story of young permaculture practitioners with big dreams, a gang of plucky volunteers, and a wiley Mayan bee man doing the proverbial waggle dance with nature’s best pollinators, in an attempt to monopolise their golden liquid treasure for ourselves. The story takes place in Guatemala, in an extinct volcano that has inverted… Read more »

Bee All or End All

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh It’s score one for the bees. Last week the European Union banned neonicotinoid pesticides for a two-year period beginning early next year. Key findings cited evidence of the role neonics play in destroying bee populations. The ban is specifically for flowering crops as neonics penetrate plants from treated seed through to… Read more »

The Providential Principle

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Amazingly, the UK government has not defined the precautionary principle and appears to have no idea what it is. by George Monbiot Click for larger view Here’s something remarkable I stumbled across while researching my column on Monday, but did not have room to include. I hope you’ll agree that it is worth sharing. I… Read more »