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The Buzz at Planet Bee on April 3rd!
Welcome to The Buzz at Planet Bee, your monthly newsletter for all of the hive happenings at the honey farm!

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We have plenty of exciting news to share with you this month, read on for recipes, event announcements and much more!  News from the World of Bees! The Pollinator-Friendly Lawn ‘Bee Turf’
Developed in BC Bee Turf is a lawn replacement blended from mixed clovers and low-growing wildflowers that was developed by West Coast Seeds in partnership with the City of Richmond, BC. It is intended to replace lawn in urban settings in order to reduce maintenance costs and increase habitat and forage for pollinators. This blend requires less water, less fertilizer, and less mowing than conventional lawn grasses. It has better resistance to weeds and is unattractive to chafer beetles. Monthly mowing will keep it trim and tidy: Mow to 5″ tall for a natural pasture look, with lots of flowers, or mow to 2½ to 3″ for a manicured lawn appearance. To increase the number of flowers, just mix in some of their Alternative Lawn Wildflower Blend. Like any other type of seed, this product should be planted into prepared soil. Sowing over existing lawn rarely works, as thatch prevents the seeds from coming in direct contact with soil.

Learn More about Bee Turf Here   Honey as a post workout carb!
  Take a tablespoon of this after your workout to stabilize blood sugar levels instantly!
  Thanks again, amazing honeybee, science has proven yet another brilliant benefit from your sweet nectar! This time you can delve into your sweet craving post workout and know you are doing your body good.

During a high intensity workout, your liver pours glucose into your bloodstream for energy. This can cause a spike in blood sugar levels post work out and can be very dangerous especially in people who have diabetes. Taking a tablespoon of honey after exercise will help you refuel as well as avoid the effects of hypoglycemia by maintaining blood glucose more effectively than other sugars.

You could even go as far as to say honey is superior for carbohydrate recovery. What a sweet revelation!

Product of the Month
Blueberry Bliss Mead is Back!
After months of missing this crowd pleasing off-dry fruit Mead, it is finally back in store and at our tasting bar! Daily tastings from 9-4.

Shop Online April Hive Update
  In late March as temperatures rose we were able to preform our Spring checks on our colonies and were very fortunaute to discover 97% of them had survived the worst part of winter. We will keep feeding our bees until the first spring flowers arrive in the coming weeks.

The bees are finding pollen on some local tree species and at nurseries!
SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday April 28th 10am-3pm

The 2nd Annual Bee Friendly Gardening Day @ Planet Bee! Bee-Friendly Flowers for Purchase thanks to the Flower Spot Learn about pollinators in a free lecture at 11am hosted by the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan. Prizes, discounts, and fun for the whole family! A Portion of all Sales will be Donated to ‘The Bee Cause’ Charity!

Honey Lavender Lemonade
INGREDIENTS:
     6 Lemons, juiced 1 cup Planet Bee Lavender Infused Honey, gently warmed 4 cups Water Ice (optional) Fresh Lavender for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS  Place Lemon Juice in a Pitcher  Add warm honey and stir to dissolve  Add water to top off the pitcher  Add Ice and Garnish with Lavender (if desired)
  Click to SHOP ONLINE for Planet Bee’s Lavender Infused Honey
Bee-Friendly Tip of the Month
Tip – Don’t Mow Too Low!

Those tiny white clovers that bloom in many of our lawns are actually an amazing source of food for bees early in the summer.
 
  Stay Tuned for our next newsletter: Wednesday May 1st, 2019