The Planting Season and What Goes Into It
Hi there all you green fingers! Okay, so some of you don’t have green fingers yet, so this series of articles is designed to get you all in the mood and to help motivate you to get down and nicely dirty in your backyard, or in front of your porch. It is hoped that this modest contribution will have seen to it that all of you reading this will seriously but fabulously have green fingers by the time the planting season, your first of many, has come and gone.
Just to get you into a really juicy mood for organic gardening, we’re going to give you an interesting fact or two on the processes of organic gardening. For a bit of a natural sweetener, we thought we’d do this by showing how successful beekeeping starts with a little help from your bees and plants. It shows why it’s good to have some bees in your garden anyhow. Let’s get talking about it then.
Just like the birds, the bees end up pollinating your organic garden. It’s a two-way street guys. You need them bees and them bees need you. Keep your organic garden shipshape and neat and tidy and spare no bones about keeping pesticides and other harmful pests like rats out of your yard. The bees are already doing their bit. They need to get out of their hives to collect some nectar from your lovely sunflower plants.
So while they are out and about your colorful garden, they are driven mad with excitement. Those colors are like a magnet to the bees. They are attracted by both the plants’ colors and scents. Once the soldier or worker bees reach the flower’s stamen it burrows itself deep down and under. So preoccupied is it with its industrious collectivization approach of gathering in as much nectar as possible that it hasn’t noticed just how much pollen its collected on its six legs.
What happens next is pure joy for you and your plants. Before the bee lurches itself hurriedly into the sky to head off back home, it makes one last attempt to remove all that bothersome pollen from its legs. Because it is in such a hurry to get back home to the hive and all its hard-working collegues, not to mention the queen, it still manages to leave some pollen on its legs of flight and its wings. And as it wisps its way into the sky, pollen falls asunder.
It flutters gently to the garden ground. By the time your next spring arrives, something new and colorful, and fresh, will have sprouted. In the process of wiping pollen off from its legs and wings, the bee allows the plants’ cross-pollination to be carried out with devious aplomb. Can you see just how important it is to look after your natural surroundings? Nature is, oh, so clever. If you look closely at the harmful industrial processes about in your neighborhood next time, you might just notice some form of replication of mother natures’ miraculous processes.
Of course, most of the time, in order for our factories to do well in its production, its workers would all need to be working pretty hard, just like your garden’s worker bees.