Pure Honey – Really!

Pure Honey – Really!

For more than 100 years, beekeepers have labeled their honey as “Pure”. By implication there was a problem with some honey being not so Pure. Back then, most agricultural poisons were inorganic. They killed the bees whether applied to the crops, or put in a hive by a beekeeper. And dead bees don’t make any contaminated honey. Not so pure honey was often adulterated with […]

Why Bees are Disappearing

Why Bees are Disappearing

Marla Spivak speaks out on TED: Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in surprising harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be […]

Malathioned!

Malathioned!

Yeooow! Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve had my beeyard sprayed with malathion! June, the owner of the ranch I recently moved my bees on,  contacted me this morning in tears. She told me that at about 6:30pm, a spray plane flew over a portion of their ranch and sprayed malathion. Unfortunately, my beeyard was directly under the plane’s nozzles. Direct hit! No one had notified […]

Guttation Water – Oh My Gosh!

Guttation Water – Oh My Gosh!

Guttation is the process plants use to handle excess water pressure developed when the leave’s stomata are closed or they aren’t transpiring. Xylem sap moves directly from the roots, depositing water droplets directly on the leaves or other plant structures. Guttation water normally carries some sugars, a few minerals, and salts found in uncontaminated soil. But when man mistreats the soil, plant roots are exposed […]

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