The bees play an important role in our ecosystem. 80% of the native crop and wild plants and thus about one third of our fruits and vegetables depend on pollination by bees.
Honeybees and wild bees also play an important role as pollinators in flowers and shrubs and contribute significantly to the conservation of biodiversity, which is why their decline in recent years has become an alarming environmental issue. At the same time, the number of beekeepers has declined sharply in recent years.
Fruits as well as our apples dependent on the work of the bees in particular. Depending on the species, cucumber, pumpkin, peas and beans are only pollinated by bees. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are of poor quality if the bees stay away. Animals, such as birds rely on bees. Only if there are enough pollinated plants there will be enough food such as seeds and berries that feed birds.
We now have 2 organic hives in our garden. In all-out-operation, there will be about 40,000 bees per hive.
Our special bee type is theApis mellifera carnica (a Carinthian bee). She is a very well-behaved, good-natured honeybee.
In our garden at the office we welcomed the bees. Gerhard and the beekeeper had a look into the beehive and wanted to make sure if everything is fine with our new friends and they feel comfortable.
Our garden has some plants (cherry tree, apple tree). Extra for the bees, we have planted new shrubs:
The fruit trees / shrubs should now develop quite well thanks to the bees. There are beautiful bushes in the neighborhood and there are water points nearby where they can drink.
Our bees are ORGANIC! Biological beekeeping differs from conventional beekeeping.
Therefore, we orient ourselves in the care of the bee population to the natural needs of the bee. The hives are made of natural materials such as wood. Plastic is not used in our beehives.
After moving to us they first got a organic-sugar solution. Strengthened, they will go on search for nectar and pollen. Our blooming cherry tree is the first stop but there are enough to eat in the Wienerwald area. The queen should start soon to start laying again. In a few days, we will check to see if any eggs (founders) are in the honeycomb (and then see if the queen is happy with her stick - and us -). Then they should collect and in summer we will see if / how much honey has come together.
A world without bees would be unthinkable for our biodiversity and ultimately for our survival. Bee dying is a reflection of the state of our environment and society.
The media is currently discussing the dangers of using neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are highly effective insecticides. They are synthetically produced agents that are used in agriculture and forestry in the treatment of seeds and seedlings to combat pests, fungal attack and weeds. The EFSA scientists have identified risks to bees from the three neonicotinoid insecticides.
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