Bees!

There has been a lot of buzz about bees lately, so I thought I would take a minute to let you in on my experience. Bees are pretty great. They come in especially handy in our greenhouse. For those who don’t know, tomato plants bloom and have to be pollinated in order to actually get tomatoes. This is where our bees come in. Last year was the first year we used bees for this and it worked so well we’re not going back. There are other ways to pollinate inside a greenhouse but those methods involve more time and labor, while a bee’s job is pollination! And boy do they take their job seriously! They work around the clock going from plant to plant making sure to pollinate every bloom. However. . . I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with our bees. While we got along fine for most of last summer, my luck ran out. I got stung. Out of the handful of people who help out in our greenhouse, I am the only one who has ever been stung. Both times I was alone and didn’t even see the bees that got me. (I’ll admit I’m slightly bitter.) So needless to say I am starting out this year much more cautious. Even so, the other day I mustered up the courage to chase one around, as it buzzed through plants faster than I could keep up with. Not sure how, but I was lucky enough to snap this picture of our little bee friend on the job. So we are off to a good start this year. Here’s to hoping my luck holds up!

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