I’m no scientist (ha) but here’s some unscientific tangible proof that if there are “no bees, there’s no food”  It is estimated that the work of bees provides $16 billion dollars of value annually in the U.S. alone. Pretty scary fact don’t you think that these little guys play such a big role in our food chain.

Exhibit ONE

Last year’s (2010) loquat harvest WITH bees

Exhibit TWO

This years (2011) a miserly ONE HALF basket WITHOUT bees

Good news is that the bees are back on the urban homestead, but they just missed the loquat blooms by a few months.

Bees are back!

Just goes to show you how important bees are for the pollination of crops in urban environments.

Have you noticed an increase in your harvest when you started keeping bees?

:: Resources ::

Loquat Fruit Facts

A World Without Bees

Vanishing Bees


  1. anita says:

    I made sure this year to have plenty of plants that attract bees and it worked . There are bees all over the place and so far, my garden is the best ever . I feel as though my garden has gone from sterile to fertile !

  2. Jeni Vandall says:

    I cannot wait to keep bees….I feel I still need to do more research, but I feel I am getting close to getting them and feel this year it will happen. Do you recommend any particular book by chance?

  3. Christine says:

    My husband is starting bees this year and they are great fun to watch. It is alittle early to here to see if they have made a difference, but they are worth it knowing they had so much.

    Jeni, my husband liked Bee Keeping for Dummies and Natural Beekeeping, but he just went to the library and checked out every book they had within the system and read them. Good luck and I hope you get your bees soon!

    • Jeni Vandall says:

      Thank You Christine! I have been doing a lot of internet searching and a lot of forum searches, and library too. Thanks Again!

  4. AndyPandy says:

    Last year, I planted a fence line full of zinnia, sunflower, basil (lemon, genovese, and purple), and flowering sage. We had more bees than ever before. This year, I’ve designated a 4×4 box to a “bee garden”, which includes annuals, biennials, and perennials. It’s called “Save the Bees Mix”. So far, they are just at seedling stage, but I am looking forward to the results!

  5. CE says:

    I am looking into Mason bees because they fly in cool damp conditions which is what we have here in the spring. And I am not comfortable keeping honey bees. The mason bees mostly take care of themselves. While they do not produce honey, they are great polinators. And my garden needs help. There have been a lot of homes built in the area in the last 5 years and the bee population has declined markedly.
    Normally I would give the apple trees a wide birth during blossom time because they would be covered with bees and the trees had a bit of a hum.
    But the last couple of years I will see one bee at a time on the trees and the strawberries. The berries have produced fairly well but the apples are really way down. Last year was pathetic. The number of bees on the blossoms really does signal the amount of produce we well see. The only upside it that I have not needed to thin the fruit trees for the past couple of years.

    • Jim says:

      Glad we were able to catch the swarm that happened on Friday. Now we’re up to 4 hives. 🙂

      • Anais says:

        @Jim: Congrats!

  6. Margo says:

    Watering my plants the other day and I accidentally got stung. Have the bees changed or is it me. I only felt a small prick, noticed the stinger, didn’t hurt, didn’t swell, didn’t get red, nothing. I continued watering and harvesting the garden. When I get bit by fleas, ants or flies I get welts and rashes that sometimes lasst for weeks. Very confused. I work around the bees all the time in the garden and try not to disturb them and have been wondering if I would eventually make a mistake and get stung but nothing happened.

  7. Pete says:

    I am going to start my first bee hive this fall. I will be doing some home inprovements. I am going to take a portion of concrete out of the backyard and putting a raised garden and maybe next year will do more but we will see. I have been trying to grow cucumbers but the rats in my area are eating them. Any suggestions? I have some traps and caught 1 and my dog pink piglet spike caught 1 the other night. Wish me luck on the new backyard garden.

  8. Ellen P says:

    I wish we could keep bees. Unfortunately, we live in Torrance where they are NOT allowed. Very sad. My container garden squash plants are struggling…no bees to pollinate…keep praying for bees….and for Torrance to change their laws!! Bless all of you that are helping to grow the So Cal. bee population. For those of us who can’t…we truly appreciate it!

    • susan rudnicki says:

      Lotta folks in Torrance are keeping bees anyway—and if you have heard, the city council is considering a new beekeeping/chicken keeping ordinance. Get educated and help the folks trying very hard to push this thing forward—their numbers are few and a lot of hangers on that don’t step up to attend hearings!

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