Martha Stewart is a craft goddess and DIY extraordinaire. She is also a bee lover, having many backyard beehives of her own that she cares for. Stewart likes to use her status as an influential public figure to educate others about the importance of bees and tries to get others involved in backyard beekeeping. As she puts it, beekeeping is “something so romantic”, and also something that is beneficial and rewarding to yourself and to the environment.
So in honour of our queen bee Martha Stewart and all her efforts towards helping the bees, I’ve put together a list of her best bee posts.
I have a challenge for you. Go out into the suburban and urban areas close to you, and look around. What do you see? Roads? Concrete? High-rises? Not much plant life, I’m guessing. Urbanisation is one of the main threats to bee populations today as natural environments are destroyed to make way for new developments. More often than not, the plant life destroyed is never replaced, which limits the food supply available to bees.
This is where guerrilla gardening comes in. But what on earth is it? Guerrilla gardening is the act of gardening on land that gardeners do not have the legal right to work on, such as abandoned or neglected sites, council owned property and private property. It is usually done in the form of a protest or direct action to provoke change. When I walked around the area I live in, I noticed areas of land, like this planter box at my local train station (see below image), that were neglected and which could easily be re-vamped with different flowering plants that bees love.
It’s not always easy to get your local councils permission to take action, which is why it is sometimes best to take matters into your own hands. So take a stand against the man today! Go out into your neighbourhood and start planting a variety of flowering plants that bees can feed from. This will not only help the bees, but will make bleak urban environments look more colourful and interesting.