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The air is warm, the grass is springing up nicely and some of my favorite inset friends are making an appearance; bees! They’ve been visiting my garden and they are a welcomed site.
Speaking of gardening, I want to take a look back to a wildly popular series I did earlier this in the Spring of 2016. Jump Into A Book readers loved it and I had a blast creating it as well. It was fun, fresh, and truly got everyone in the “garden” mood 🙂
SO, from now on, every Wednesday readers can drop by here and find some special happenings inspired by my book A Year in the Secret Garden. Like this award-winning book, I will be sharing crafts, great food, fun and laughter. Get ready to “meet me in the garden!”
One of the things I love most about The Secret Garden is that together, Mary, Colin and Dickon hold the key to unlocking the natural world. Through their struggles, triumphs, and adventures they unlock the wonders of nature and magic to us too.
Getting back to the subject of bees-it’s no secret our bees are in trouble thanks to over-use of pesticides and parasites. Over the past decade, there has been a radical and unprecedented population decline of Western honey bees in the United States. As the primary pollinators of cultivated crops, Western honey bees are essential to global agriculture.
Bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty of our world and are responsible for the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers. But our cherished bees are facing peril in the form of the disruption of natural habitats. This disruption is in the form of lack of “bee flowers” due to the widespread overuse of pesticides, and numerous bee diseases and parasites have pushed bees to the tipping point.
- To get one pound of honey, that’s 16 oz requires 1,152 bees traveling 112,000 miles, visiting 4.5 Million flowers?
There are many things you can do to help our pollinators flourish, including planting “bee-friendly flowers” and not treating those same flowers with pesticides (insecticides, fungicides or herbicides). That simple act can help to keep bees healthy and on their own six feet. But here is a simple one anyone can do. Plus it would be a wonderful family project that would be educational to boot.
With all of this traveling and the heat of summer, bees can get really thirsty. For a bee to drink water they need a surface to land on. To ensure that the bees are not only well fed but well watered too, let’s create a watering hole for them.
A Bee Watering Hole
- Flower pot saucer
- Rocks which you’ve collected or purchased at a craft store
- Arrange the rocks in the flower pot saucer.
- Add water until water covers the bottom half of the rocks.
- Place outside near flowers
Inside A Year in the Secret Garden we explore the world of bees as we make a bee house/hive to attract bees into your garden. Though our garden might be a secret we always need bees and other pollinators inside to help our gardens grow.
Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.
Whimsical author/illustrator Marilyn Scott-Waters and I created this book to not only encourage families to read and participate in some “unplugged” activities, but to also delve into the beauty and the wonder of this classic children’s tale. Get the full scoop on this vibrant book HERE and “meet me in the garden!”