Stuck at Home? Read our First Issue for Free
Open your eyes to the wonder that still buzzes outside. With Covid 19 keeping many people at home, we’ve released our first issue for free. The link below will take you to our printer’s website to view the January 2020 issue online as an interactive magazine. Or you can download the PDF.
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JANUARY 2020 INTERACTIVE MAGAZINE
JANUARY 2020 PDF
Marla Spivak & Bridget Mendel share details on how honey bees self-medicate for better health with propolis, a sticky resin bees collect predominantly from poplars, aspen and cottonwood trees.
THE WAY TO WATER
A seed blows along the sand and you watch it. A bee flies by, buzzing with swift, velum wings the color of amber, and your eye tracks it through creosote bush and stately saguaro.
Another bee flies the opposite way, and another after that. You’re onto something. Going out and back, they are more focused than if they’d been foraging for yellow paloverde blooms or patches of sweet-red chuparosas. They aren’t going for nectar. You learn to tell the difference. They’ve found water…
In this regular column, we share advice on gardening for pollinators. The first column is written by Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture, who kicks off with “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” a tongue-in-cheek look at what happens when pollinator gardens go terribly wrong and neighbors come knocking with complaints.
As editor of a bee magazine, I am constantly asked how to help save the bees. I fire back a stock answer. “Plant a Flower, Feed a Bee.” Easy, right? But rarely in life is something easy. Planting for pollinators is becoming a passion for a lot of people, many with good intentions, but not a lot of experience. To succeed means knowing what to plant, how and where to plant, and then how to care for them, not just for that moment of inspiration, but for years. Instant gardens rarely fare well.
If you live in an apartment building with a balcony and put out a big pot with a couple of sunflowers, it’s easy. The bumble bees may find you. On a much larger scale, if you are part of Corporate America who wants to look good and be able to say we are doing our part, there are all sorts of incentives.…