Most tomato growers are well aware of the efficiency of bumblebees for pollination. Bumblebees are capable of ‘buzz pollination’. The bumblebee places its upper body close to the pollen bearing structure of a flower, and vibrates its flight muscles. This vibration enables efficient pollination of tomatoes. (More on the Buzz About Bees)
Quite often we are asked about our bees and as to why we don't use honeybees? Have you ever been around a honeybee that didn't act a little
Tim wanted to add this about honeybees......"Why wouldn't a worker bee be mad? All they do is work themselves to death to support a queen who just sits around eating and laying eggs? (By the way, Tim is not speaking from personal experience. His wife is no queen bee!) Let's stay on topic here.
Oh yes, they will sting you! But, in the 17 seasons of using bees, we've had less than 17 reported stings! Yes, that's right, less than one a year. Bumblebees are solitary bees are usually very docile, and stinging is rare. Bees are not menaces, but they are is an extremely vital part of growing our food.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
This past week went pretty well. The daylight hours are increasing so the pounds per plant seem to be increasing as well. As usual we picked, packed, and delivered. Jonathan and Daniel were sent to another location to continue the preparations for a later planting. More pictures later! We did the weekly plant maintenance in both houses; however, the tasks were not completed until today. (Monday) It's already time to do it all over again for this week.
Hoping everyone has a sunny week!