How I Got Started

I started Butterfly gardening many years ago. My yard has been a progression over the years, and has made many transformations. Twenty years ago I experienced Hurricane Andrew. My yard and house were destroyed. We decided not to replace the pool screening and open up the backyard and put in some landscaping. That was the official beginning of my love for gardening in South Florida. I added a beautiful water garden years ago, and have been adding host and larvae plants for pollinators, mostly for the butterfly, for as many years as I can remember. I had my yard certified as a Natural Habitat, through the National Wildlife Foundation. To have a natural habitat you need to provide and meet certain requirements: 1. Provide a food source, 2. Provide a water source, 3. Cover, 4. A place to raise young. I try not to use any pesticides in my yard. I vermicompost and recycle as many of my food scraps as possible. If I had more land I would have a huge compost bin to recycle all my yard cuttings. Basically, I try to lessen my carbon footprint on this earth. In my own little world or backyard I try to provide an ecosystem in my water garden, provide birdbaths, birdfeeders, hummingbird nectar sources, feeders, puddling areas, host plants and nectar plants for butterflies and other pollinators. I am hoping to raise everyone’s awareness of the importance of saving our Butterflies, Blooms & Bees. Without them our world and food source will be in trouble. I hope you all enjoy my journey. I am not a Master Gardener, or Master Beekeeper, an Entomologist, or Journalists. I am simply a Backyard Gardener who is trying to lessen her Carbon Footprint of this Earth.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Neocotinoid Pesticides

Here's another article on the dangers of the neocotinoid pesticides:

 Neocotinoid Pesticides Play a Role in Bees’ Decline, 2 Studies Find

 Experiments in Britain and France found that colonies of bumblebees and honeybees were harmed by common pesticides in a class known as neonicotinoids.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Painting Hive Covers (Part 2)

I continued to paint the second hive cover.  I really like the way these turned out.  When I received the two hives from Sam I couldn’t wait to build new ones so I could paint them and do some art work on the covers.  I eventually need to replace the two original hives from Sam.  

Backward Beekeeping

I have been following this group and I really like their principles. The main group is in California. After seeing Megan Paska's video "Made by Hand" I have been exploring her website, the Brooklyn Homesteader.  She is also a part of the Backward Beekeepers and started a group in Brooklyn. Here is a link about their principles. Their slogan is “backwards is the new forward!”

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Painting TBH Covers

I ordered a few stencils to paint onto the covers of my TBH.  When they arrived they were really too small to see.  So I ended up drawing some flowers and painting them.  I did use the stencils for the sayings “Come to my garden and sit among the flowers and the bees.”  How perfect is that??   It took quite a bit of time but I think it looks really pretty.  They say that the bees can distinguish different colors or markings on their hives, so I hope they like what I did for them. 

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