National Honey Month 2018

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There is nothing more amazing then learning something new every day. That is why we LOVE what we do at The Honey Cottage! Our customers learn something new about bees, or honey, or beekeeping every time they come in to see us. We find bees extremely fascinating and they teach us something every time we open up the hive. Every year to celebrate National Honey Month we get to talk even more about our favorite friends and what they make. So here are 9 facts about honey, bees, and beekeeping. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about The Honey Cottage everyday!

1- Most of our clothes come from the cotton plant. Without bees pollinating the cotton plant we would not have cotton honey or clothes.

2- There are plants that can be planted in drought stricken areas that would help give the bees forage. Lavender, thyme, and sage are a few that survive wonderfully without lots of moisture.

3- There are some plants that will not bloom in their first year of being planted. Strawberries and clover are two examples of plants that take a year to put down full roots.

4- Plants and trees need rest just like we do; that is why a cold dormant winter is very important for them. They need a full rest to produce good healthy blooms for bees.

5- The nectar that the flowers produce has the natural sugars that bees make into honey. There is no sugar added to the process; these are natural sugars usable by the human body and bees.

6- If you are handed a candy bar; will you get up to get to the kitchen for some chicken and broccoli? That is the same thinking for bees; if you give them sugar water they will not go out for flowers. Honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and natural usable sugar. Why give bees something that has no nutritional value and weakens, just like humans, their immune system? Think about this; if you won’t eat it don’t give it to the bees.

7- Gardening takes time, energy, and effort. The rewards of seeing your flowers and plants bloom and make food is a big reward. Bees are needed for the flowers to bloom and make the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that we eat to sustain life.

8- Neonicotinoids sprayed on plants are known to attach to the bee paralyzing them and then attacks their central nervous system thus killing them. STOP USING PESTICIDES AND SAVE THE BEES!!

9- Bees will only cap honey when the water content has reached 15%-20%; each honey varies on amount.

Share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special bees are!! Help save the bees with us!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

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Understanding the Bee Simply

SFF1Have you noticed that bees do not visit your yard as frequently as they used to? Have you noticed that certain fruits and vegetables are not as prominent as they used to be?

In the last several years I have started to really notice that things around me have been changing. People are not gardening as much as they used to. The water levels are starting to go down and hinder people’s ability to take care of a garden on a reasonable budget. Flowers are not blossoming year round like they used to. People are starting to do more zero-scaping. More houses are going up and farm lands are becoming null and void. Know that the purpose of this is not to make you depressed, it is meant to raise awareness on the things that bees really need. Yes, bees and beekeepers rely on you to grow flowers because without them too many beekeepers are being forced to feed their bees sugar water. There are not enough people being educated on how bees work and why they are so very important for mankind.

Bees and flowers work together to form a one of a kind harmony. The flowers produce nectar and pollen; this pollen is taken from flower to flower as the bee fills up on nectar and pollination is complete. Many flowers rely on the bees as we do. This is also the only way that the flowers will make fruit. The bees get their food supply from the nectar of the flowers and make honey. The cold hard truth is more flowers need to be planted in order for bees and us to survive. When you have a limited flower supplythere is too much competition for the bees and stress in the hive. What are needed most are wildflowers that will bloom spring, summer, and fall. For beekeepers it is a real struggle to watch your bees have a hard time. Please think about what you can do to help. If you cannot plant flowers; help spread the word, become part of a community garden, or help be a bigger voice for the bees. I would like to see things change for our sake as well as for our children. Help make a difference with us at The Honey Cottage. Help make a difference for our world. Help make a difference for the bees!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

 

Upcycled Garden

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At The Honey Cottage we wanted to show that even the smallest garden helps the bees! We have many people that live in apartments or small housing. We wanted to show that even in the smallest house you can have a mini garden. We firmly bee-lieve everyone can help the bees. Every flower planted helps the bees. We are also excited to show how upcycling what you have around the house also helps the Earth! Many people are starting to find that instead of things sitting at the dump; things can be refurbished and repurposed for something even more amazing! We know gardening is not for everyone, but at least wanted to show the possibilities for those who are! We at The Honey Cottage know it is important to inspire our customers! We hope this really sparks some creativity for you!

Here we have tomato plants, pepper plants, and cucumbers growing in an old bee hive box. This was falling apart and no longer safe for bees to live in. So we fixed it up and are now using it for plants that will help feed them.

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This mini pool was starting to become dented and was no longer being used. I almost threw it out when I realized if we drill some holes in the bottom we can use it for bee friendly plants! The holes are to make sure that water does not stay in the bottom and become moldy. It also prevents over watering of the plants as well. I am so excited to see what pops up soon!!

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This is my favorite idea because it is small, easy to take care of, and offers many flowers for the bees to feast on. It is a simple container you can buy at the store and grow different things in it! We are growing carrots in it this year to see how they do. We also drilled holes in the bottom so that we are able to control the water a little better.

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My favorite refurbished item is this old utility sink; not only do I have a piece of history, but I also have a planter! We have more tomatoes on the left side (I LOVE tomatoes!!) and on the right we have squash and zucchini growing.

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We have part of our back yard that is just for deer. We feel that we should be able to share our lives with wild life that lives around us. We have clover for bees and deer friendly grass growing back here so that both have a little bit of their own haven.

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We might not have acres and may not save the bees all by ourselves, but want to prove that a little bit goes a long way. Helping the eco system takes more than one person it takes a community. Please join us and plant more flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Stop using pesticides that kill our bees. Save the bees by sharing the word. Our bees, food supply, and eco system depend on it! 

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen