Make Like a Bee

I remember catching bees in a jar when I was young. The yard was filled with a buzzing sound as hordes of them swarmed all over the wild roses and clover. I’m not seeing too many bees any more, even with a garden full of flowers, and last year our tomatoes hardly had any fruit. It makes me feel sad to think about how drastically things are changing and putting the natural world under such duress. This year I am using a paint brush to brush the tips of the flowers and get that good pollen spread to where it should be. It works like a charm and now we’ve got lots of tomatoes growing, but still hardly any bees.