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Helping the bees!

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Helping the bees

It’s been 6mo since we’ve had a good rain. The native bees are understandably thirsty…and hungry. We’ve been making sure they have water to drink in places they won’t drown. (Bees drown extremely easily.) And we’ve been letting them have some of our bananas.

These native bees are clever and can eat fruit when nectar is not available. They absolutely love! pineapples and bananas. We once lost an entire bunch of bananas to the bees. The first day it was just a few bees. This species is extremely mellow and they tolerated when you put your hands in with them and pulled off a few bananas. By the end of the day there were a lot of bees and it was making me just a little nervous pulling out bananas for an afternoon snack. I’m allergic to bees. Once I even grabbed a banana and had 3 or 4 bees under my fingers and they started wiggling around. They didn’t sting, probably figured there is plenty of bananas to go around. By the next morning the whole hive settled in, perhaps more than one hive, and started munching away. I just didn’t dare pick any more bananas with hundreds of bees eating from the hanging bunch of bananas. They literally chewed through the skins and dug into the ‘meat’.

Once the bananas were well past ripe I dropped them into a huge jar I have (over 20 liter/5gallons, it was a huge bunch) and made FFJ Fermented ripe banana juice. The enzymes from the bees changed the color of the bananas and thereby the juice. I ended up with a huge batch of very special FFJ-Ripe-Banana.

Back to the video. I just wanted to let you get to know a little about my bees first. I made a large batch of FPJ Fermented Plant Juice from some banana flowers. One flower bud was particularly large. The flower shoot was over a meter long. I’ll cover why the flower bud was so big in an upcoming post. Needless to say I ended up with a lot of banana flower dregs and I don’t have chickens here at the moment, so I decided to offer them to the bees.

We dumped out the banana flower FPJ dregs. Soon we heard the loud drone of tons of bees. They got some sweet moisture, and everyone was happy.

When offering bees water it’s good to add a tiny bit of BV Bio-Vinegar such as BRV Brown Rice Vinegar, Banana Vinegar, or raw Apple Cider Vinegar. According to the research Master Cho is doing a component pH is a big factor in risks for bee decline. DO NOT use commercial white vinegar. It’s a petroleum product and makes a great herbicide, by the way. I will put together the recipe for Bees from Master Cho. Put the water in a shallow dish filled with smooth rocks that come just up out of the water so the bees can drink without drowning. If you’re interested in the recipe just watch for the hashtags #lovebees #naturalfarming . Bee love!