I did check a couple of the plots covered in clover. I didn't see a lot of dead bees but I did see a few. Not enough to suggest it's killing them (in my unofficial opinion).
The greenhouses might be suspect but I know that at least three of them actually care for hives in the greenhouses (they have big warnings on their doors) so I wouldn't think they would be using harmful pesticides.
I have no idea about the rest, or about the fields of vegetables and crops that surround this area.
The clover is turning to seed and there are less bees, and I haven't seen a dead one in that raised bed for days now.
Quite a few of the marigolds are blooming now so I'll be cutting the clover down tomorrow.
I think your plant ID is correct. I've just always known it as yellow clover.
There are a number of empty plots in town that are covered in this plant. I imagine mine was shared from a bird.
Most of my blooming plants are either finished (Peonies and Chives) or not yet blooming (marigolds and seeded wildflowers). I'm leaving a small patch of bindweed (I know, I know) that has flowered, and the clover, until the rest show up.
Then they will both be pulled up. I'm guessing in about a week from now.
The bed with the clover is being moved this year so I have nothing planted in it. Just this crazy huge clover plant.
I have a garden bed with a giant yellow clover plant (volunteer) I've left alone for the bees.
On a couple different occasions, I have found dead bees under the clover.
A couple were half buried in the soil like they might have been burrowing.
I've never seen this before and I've never had dead bees like this.
I do not use any kind of chem spray in my yard and haven't for the entire 6+ years of living here.
I live in a town close to many many commercial greenhouses.
My immediate neighbors use herbicides on their lawns but they don't have many blooming plants.
Its been really windy but the temps have been above freezing.
There have been quite a few thunderstorms that included hail but I would think they know how to get out of a storm.
I have a water dish with stones and twigs in it for them under the plant in the shade.
I put the hose on it daily to refresh the water and clean it up.
So a few questions...
Why are the bees dying...
Could it be the clover?
Or could it be weather?
It seems unlikely but I don't know, what I don't know.
Are the bees burrowing or is it the ant creatures moving them?
These pictures show a dead one and some live ones most common on the clover (and the only type I've seen dead although there are other bee types here and there).
Thanks for any suggestions or advice you might have. I really don't like seeing dead bees in my yard.
I have started to use old, natural fibre bed sheets at the bottom of raised beds and other beds where I want to lay a weed prevention layer on the bottom. It lasts longer than layered newspaper or cardboard, but still breaks down over time.
I've seen these memes on facebook. They are cute and are a real indication of how people feel about wasps. And too, wasps can sure be mean when they find reason to be.
On the other side of it, I've read bees and wasps are capable of facial recognition, and I personally believe they are very aware of body language. I admit, I have no real proof but it's what I believe.
I was stung by a wasp once many years ago when I was scared of them. My entire body language would have been one of fear. Near a predatory creature, I was practically begging to be stung.
Now that I like them and no longer fear them, I notice they never bother me. I welcome them in my yard and I think they recognize that by my body language.
The wasps have bothered other people with me (usually the scared ones who end up taking off their hat to try and kill the wasp - never a good idea) but they always leave me alone.
Hornets are totally different story. I rarely see one but they scare me. They always seem to be in a bad mood.
That looks like a great piece of land. Beautiful diversity in the trees. Thanks for sharing you plans with us. It looks like a wonderful place to grow up, and to retire.
I look forward to your future posts. It will be great to follow along on your adventure.
I agree, Permies has tons of great info.
Paul has developed a great community here.
Happy you could join us!
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Thanks for sharing the pictures. I really like the slithery creatures.
We have rattlesnakes here. It's a small micro-climate that sets us up as badlands in Canada.
Also mean spiders and the odd scorpion because who doesn't want to have all the fun stuff....
Anyhow because of this micro-climate and the fact that rattlesnakes really shouldn't live in Canada, the rattlesnakes are protected here.
Big fines if you kill one.
Some of my friends in Texas find it funny.
I sent my daughter down a trail one day to get a picture of her under a tree. She almost walked on a rather large snake.
Rattle, hiss, slither, scream... I didn't get any mom of the year awards that day.
Living in the Future - Lammas series - this is the first video in a series about the creation of the Lammas ecovillage and everything they had to deal with.
There are many videos in this series but I learned a lot even though it's set in Wales and I'm in Canada.
I use Workflowy to keep notes for everything (gardening, shopping lists, birthdays, housework plans, the books I'm writing, Christmas plans, recipes, a skills-to-learn list, notes for my (future) permaculture ranch, and more).
It's a simple online program (so no download) and it has a phone app that will sync between phone and pc. It is free. You can make lists, use indents, tags, bold, italics, dates. Nothing fancy but it keeps me organized. I use a folder on my laptop for pictures. In workflowy I can note "picture - (name)"... and I know there is a corresponding picture for the notation I have made, and what the name is. It's easy to find from there.
Links can be used in workflowy as well.
My sister uses a binder and loose leaf or plain white paper, and adds 5x7 photo sheets (the ones that fit in a binder and hold 4 pictures a page) to hold seed packets. She uses facebook to store pictures.
We may have create domesticated animals but they still are naturally born with a reproductive system.
That's how nature intends them to be. If this was not the case, they would have evolved to a state where they rarely can reproduce.
In town, there are other considerations than what "cats do".
In town, it is irresponsible to allow a cat to roam freely.
I'm not saying they should be kept locked up and never see the sky, but they should not roam freely.
This is a danger to the cat and horribly inconsiderate of the neighborhood.
As a cat owner, a person has no idea what their cat is doing when it's out of sight.
It might be stalking rodents... it might also be getting into garbage put out by someone else, or it might be using someone else's garden as a litter box.
It is unsafe for that cat because of what it might get into, the yards it will free range in, unwelcoming neighbors, and dogs loose in their own yards (or just loose).
Town cats can be walked on a leash or the owner can give it access to a cat run, just as owners are required to do with dogs.
It is never okay to let your pet infringe on someone else or be an irresponsible cat owner, just because "that's what cats do."
We created them, it's up to us to monitor their actions.
A thought I wanted to share...
When you are not used to using pain meds (or prescribed meds, in general), the train of thought can be to use them only as necessary and only when the pain is unbearable.
Don't follow this train of thought.
Pain meds should be used so that there is no pain. Fiddle and figure out the balance so that he is taking the meds before the pain really kicks in (assuming Paul can get to that mostly painless point). It's much harder to get pain under control when it fluctuates. I imagine you were told this by the professionals, but wanted to share just in case no one said anything.
I normally use the bones from chicken to make chicken broth. Add a couple caps of cider vinegar to pull all the goodness from the bones. Once it simmers over night, I will add more water, and leftover veggies - onion, garlic, carrots, celery. Let it simmer until all the healthy parts have been absorbed into the broth and then strain out anything solid.
We then use the broth like a tea (especially for anyone sick). We also use it instead of water to cook rice, use it as a soup base, use it for gravy instead of water... basically anywhere you would use water and want some extra nutrition and flavor.
That makes sense.
Now if that is the case, I'd like to suggest a "pie-set" you could offer possibly...
A pie-set would almost be like a pie subscription, one slice a month. It could be set up as one 12-slice purchase. The system would dole out one slice per month for 12 months.
I don't know how much fiddling this would require but it would be easier for users than buying a slice each month to remain in the Pie Elite.
Maybe a bonus piece of pie could come with it (a baker's dozen) so they have one to give away at some point too (although part of the point of pie is to pass it on, I'm sure there will be some people who prefer to keep their single pie piece for the advantages it gives).
I want to say first off, I have no practical experience with this.
As I was reading your post, something came to mind about floating islands on a pond.
Not sure if I read about it or if it was maybe in one of Geoff's videos.
Anyway, a man-made island can do a lot for a pond. This is what I have in my notes:
Create a floating island.
- possibly a bamboo raft but empty in the middle
- covered in shade cloth and then covered in dirt
- plant fast growing edibles like kang kong (ipomoea aquatica) (fastest growing edible crop in the world) and water cress (Lebanese Cress)(nutrition dense food) <- adjust for what grows locally/zone/temps/etc
- add a small trellis over it with arched bamboo <- protects plants from direct sun and encourages wildlife to investigate
- add solar powered garden lights on the corners - attracts bugs for a few hours in the evening like moths and it feeds the fish
- shades part of the pond and creates fish habitat while it feeds us
- possibly a small windmill to help with pond aeration (winter)
Okay, that makes more sense to me.
From a creator side, I could see many people choosing that kind of site.
I don't think there is one out there currently.
Maybe it would be a nice addition to permies.
I do agree that obligation is poison, but I can see problems with the crowdfunding idea.
From the other side, as someone who might donate....
There would definitely need to be a warning email of some type before funds are taken, if there is no end date. I won't be holding $10, $50 or whatever in my account until you decide what, if anything, you will do.
And if the money is taken immediately and just sits there forever in holding until you decide to use it or return it (which might have it's own problems depending on how much time has passed)... well I don't think I would donate to something like that. Possibly if I was over the moon crazy about the idea, but probably not.
How I understand this, it turns the obligation to the person donating, with hassles... poison. Maybe I'm missing something.
paul wheaton wrote:Devaka tells me that pie stuff is now active here on permies.
Do you see the pie link?
I see the link and when I click it, I get info about my pies, as well as the link to buy more.
I like seeing the info for it.
paul wheaton wrote:Penny, I just gave you a piece of pie for your post. Did you get an email about it?
Yes I received the email this morning. And thanks for the pie!
Devaka Cooray wrote:You don't lose apples when you buy a pie. But unlike apples, pies are not permanent - at the end of each month, one pie slice expires. For instance, if you buy a whole pie (a pie consists of 12 slices), it will expire after 12 months.
Okay, thanks for the clarification.
Edit to add - Bought a pie, and handed some slices out. Everything is working very nicely.
I am echoing the love for the recent topics tab. I use it as my default link for the forums.
I want to also mention how great it would be to subscribe to a person on the forums, without having to use a reader of some sort. *grin*
There could possibly even be an optional title for people with followers that would be fun (or creepy, depending how you feel about it) - "I have (x number) of people obsessed with my comments" ...worded however you like
Is there a feature to follow a specific member on the forum?
There are a few people I would like to follow and get alerts when they post, in the same way I get email alerts for watched forums or threads.
Which sounds kind of creepy. But I promise is innocent. lol
If this option is available, can someone point me in the right direction, because I can't find it.
And it it's not, would it be hard to implement?