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A welcome sound to gardeners and maybe bee keepers.

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 2:16 PM

While checking for some crape myrtles to bring to the garden on the square this morning I realized I heard a sound that I had not heard in quite a while, maybe years.

My wife was wondering what was so interesting at the trip of the crape myrtles but she is use to me being fascinated at some of the simplest things so ... she just moved on. There was a familiar humming sound coming from the flowers way up there and I was determined to see of it was what I hoped.

It was! Honey bees working the flowers!!

To a non-gardener, you are still wondering what was to wondrous about that, but I have not seen a honey be in some time and even more time since I heard enough of them that the hum was noticeable.

This got me to thinking about how I can support the honey bee population. I would love to have a hive back on the property but never seem to get around to actually getting a box and becoming an apiarist, a full fledged bee keeper.

SO how can I promote more honey bees? One way would be to make sure all my honey is from local hives. Even better if I could find one within close to home but in the county would be OK too.

I already let the clover in my lawn flower as long as possible before mowing and mow higher to avoid clipping all the blooms, but maybe I could plant more flowers. Until this year I had a strip I called my wildflower garden but this year tilled it in and never replanted. Need to do better.

I wonder what else I could do?

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.