Being a small farmer/gardener and doing it all as chemical free and natural as can be, I watch all the signs.
- Weather: Current, future and even past.
- News: Any changes current or future that may affect what I grow and why.
- Critters: This is my biggie! I watch what the wild and natural critters are doing around me.
This third point leads me to today’s post. I read a lot and have “cut the cord” so I read even more now. I get my news online and in print. When I turned on my cell phone this morning, one of the first articles was this:
Since it is about the insects, one of my three main critter groups, I had to check it out. WARNING: If you follow these things like I do, and if you are a gardener of any type, is a bit disturbing.
|The Insect Apocalypse Is Here – The New York Times
Sune Boye Riis was on a bike ride with his youngest son, enjoying the sun slanting over the fields and woodlands near their home north of Copenhagen, when it suddenly occurred to him that …
We have a Bee Keeper that comes up every spring, unloads 600+ colonies of bees, and for three days distributes them around the northeast corner of Colorado. Those three days are a ton of fun. BEES EVERYWHERE! I set out extra dishes of sugar-water so they can get a drink and a boost after their long trek. I love that; once things settle down, they will land on me while I garden. I leave them alone, they leave me alone, and all gardening is mutual love.
Then I received another article which caught my attention. Again, it has to do with things that affect me – like weather (which has been way off whack this year):
I know a ton of people out there do not believe in climate change, I am NOT one of those. I think it is a very real thing and it worries me. I have read some articles on historical documents and found that part of the problem with the past cold spells may have had to do with things just like this. Part of the reason they are tracking it so much more closely now. When you are a natural farmer/gardener, you try to grow in the best possible means available. When the weather decides to turn cold – and stay there – it’s hard to get a good handle on your crops. We cover when necessary, but to keep them covered for extended periods can also be a problem. We also do manual pollination, especially in our greenhouse. This is time-consuming but very necessary. Yes, we have some insects in there that help – but not enough, and usually not bees.
I hope reading this you will join me in being conscious of your surroundings. Please feel free to share with me if you have anything like this going on in your neck of the woods. I am also interested in finding out how others are handling things like missing pollinators and extreme periods of unusual cold. Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing!
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