Birds And Bees

“Canada’s health regulator is planning to ban a controversial neonicotinoid pesticide, which it says has contaminated waterways and killed important aquatic insects.”
 
See Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths
 
See also Feds move to ban common neonicotinoid insecticide, say use ‘not sustainable’
There is reason to believe banning neonicotinoids in pesticides will help bees survive. Last year I only saw a few bees in my yard despite having thousands of flowers (counting the weeds…). Production of tomatoes did improve a bit but it’s still disappointing. I’m planning to install several nesting blocks for bees to do my part. I rely on bats, birds and beetles to deal with insect pests in my yard. I may use something sticky or netting to protect my hazelnuts when they mature. I may fish in my retirement next year so this may also help the fish in the nearby river who depend in part on insects. It’s all good news.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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8 Responses to Birds And Bees

  1. dougman wrote, “You’re a polygamist?”

    Nope, but my wife has sisters and sisters in law and they got together that day to party. They left me their flowers so I transplanted them to larger containers and the rest is history. The descendants of those few plants have taken up a lot of space in my yard. They look good and smell good. Some things in life are $free, like the beauty of a flower/plant/tree or a smile.

  2. dougman says:

    “Four ladies went to Easter Sunday church..”

    You’re a polygamist?

  3. dougman wrote, “Don’t tell me you bought thousands of seeds off Alibaba, and now have no clue if any of them will germinate or not.”

    Four ladies went to Easter Sunday church service two years ago and came home with four marigolds in 3 inch pots. They left them for me. I planted them in larger pots and collected the seeds. I planted those seeds and harvested about 4K seeds last year. This year I have collected about 40K seeds… I think more than half what I’ve planted carefully have grown. When I broadcast the seed, perhaps 25% germinate. It means my cup runneth over with marigolds. This year I grew flats of them, many pots, large and small of them, and I used them as a colourful living mulch around fruit trees I’ve planted. Next year I will broadcast in corners of the lawn and again around the fruit trees. Perhaps I will put a “happy face” in the lawn that can be seen from space…

  4. dougman says:

    “The marigolds, however, do keep flowering and I could have many thousands going.”

    Don’t tell me you bought thousands of seeds off Alibaba, and now have no clue if any of them will germinate or not. “Could” is not the same as “Will”, so in essence you have no idea.

    “the dandelions and clovers in my lawn… I haven’t been able to kill the clover.”

    Results of a compacted soil, IF you used your tiller correctly, you could have till up the entire lot and seeded some excellent grass for beautiful lawn. Alternatively, you could have tilled in a huge lot of 30′ beds and grow a bumper harvest of vegetables. Even during winter with poly low tunnels can this be accomplished.

  5. ram wrote, “The right kind of trees can support a far larger numbers of bees than a field of clover.”

    I don’t think we have any trees that flower for long periods. They usually flower in May-June. Some roses do and I have a few that I’m growing. They may flower this year. The marigolds, however, do keep flowering and I could have many thousands going. Then, there are the dandelions and clovers in my lawn… I haven’t been able to kill the clover. I guess I will live with it. I will have a few rows of sweet clover on the SW side of the property. Bees love that.

  6. ram says:

    The right kind of trees can support a far larger numbers of bees than a field of clover.
    Those neonicotinoids are making a mess of the Australian ecology also. Not likely to be banned, however, with the life hating LNP in power.

  7. dougman wrote, “You should rip out all your tree’s and plant alfalfa or clover.”

    I have room between the trees for clover and have collected a lot of seed from last year. I have lots of flowering trees and shrubs: lilac, caragana, apricot, saskatoon, plum, apple, cherry as well as tomato, marigold, peas and a few I’ve forgotten. Last year I collected a few thousand marigold seeds from my yard. They fit in ~250mL. I have 4L this year… The bees should be able to see my yard from space at times. The marigolds and clover will help the bees for months after the trees quit flowering. My plan is to replace the weeds with marigolds and grass and have the whole yard productive.

  8. dougman says:

    You should rip out all your tree’s and plant alfalfa or clover. Since you are worried about the bees so much. Even better, build 5-6 bee hives.

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