Bees are essential to getting our crops to produce. They are one of the primary sources that perform pollination. I have two hives today, and live in the city of Durham. Most people don’t even realize that I have bees because they go about their day collecting pollen and then go back to their hive in the afternoon to stay until morning.
Each bee hive is like a family and has its own odor to identify members. The family’s main purpose is to take care of the queue who lays eggs to hatch new members of the family. There are different job functions in the hive. The Queen decides if each egg is male or female. The Drones (males) are created for breeding, do not have any stingers and forced out of the hive when winter comes. The worker bees (females) clean the hive, have stingers, protects the hive, gathers the pollen, take care of the eggs and makes honey.
An interesting fact about Honey Bees is that it is the only inspect that produces food eaten by man. Honey also contains all the substances necessary to sustain life which includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals, water and pinocembrin (antioxidant).
Since I am from American Indian decent, we have always had honey bees in the family. I thought my generation was going to be the one that stopped that tradition but fate intervened. When I moved to my current home, I planted my vegetable garden in the spring as I have always done, but it did not produce anything. It was full of awesome looking plants but no produce.
When consulting a horticulturist, they indicated I probably did not have any bees to pollinate my vegetables and the solution was to get a honey bee hive. The next year in the spring, I got my first hive and my small garden produced a banner crop. To my amazement, my neighbors even commented about what a great year it had been for their vegetables.
I am so proud of my bees. There is a lot to learn from them about family, sharing and caring about your neighborhood. My neighborhood is fantastic in many ways and the bees do their part to be good neighbors.
About Janet Perry.
Janet Perry is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Highway 54 office.
Janet is a member of the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.
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