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The Buzz at Planet Bee on May 1st!
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 Farm! Bee-Friendly Gardening Tips
We’ve rounded up some simple yet effective ways to garden while minimizing your environmental impact – helping to preserve soil health and adding food for wild pollinators. Look for drought-tolerant plants toreduce your water demands. This is especially important in dry climates like the Okanagan. Check out the “Make Water Work In Your Yard” Plant Collection for a list of local plants. Water your garden between dusk and dawn (10pm – 6am), and no more than every other day – watering during the coolest part of the day prevents evaporation. Up your efficiency by using a programmable timer for your sprinkler. Visit Make Water Work for more tips on efficient water use. Avoid spraying chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides on your yard and garden and pass on those nursery plants, which are treated with Neonicotinoid pesticides that have been proven to be harmful to pollinators. Plant a Pollinator-friendly garden with good sources of pollen and nectar such as lavender, mint, thyme, and salvia. Visit the resource page on Border Free Bees, a local initiative supporting pollinators and gardeners, for tips on our how to create your own Pollinator Pasture, or simply note plants you see covered in bees and butterflies. Compost yard and kitchen waste – use the nutrient rich compost to enhance your garden soil naturally – creating a circular ecosystem of your own! Whether you’re short on green space at your home or looking for others to garden with, the community gardens throughout the Okanagan offer just that to residents of all walks of life.
  “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”Audrey Hepburn  

Product of the Month
Our new batch of ‘Blushing Cherry’ Honeymoon Mead!
Back in stock, a new batch of our ever popular semi-sweet mead made with Hungarian Sour Cherries (grown in Oyama, BC). Try it as a spritzer mixed with prosecco or club soda!

Shop Online May Hive Update
  This is beekeeper Ed’s favorite time of the year to be working in the hives and the bees are very grateful for the spring flowers and sunshine.  Hive populations are rapidly increasing and the first drones, (male honey bees,) will be hatching soon on their quest to fertilize any queens flying in the area.  Hive management calls for regular queen checks for fertility, evident by the presence of young brood in the combs, providing extra space for the new hatching bees, swarm control to ensure you keep your bees in your own hive and ensuring adequate food supplies during the imminent cool and wet spells that we normally experience before the summer nectar flows begin which is normally the first half of June here in the Okanagan.
Baked Tofu with Bee Pollen Dressing
   Ingredients 350 gram block firm tofu
3 tbsp Planet Bee Blueberry honey
1 tbsp Bee pollen
2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar/ apple cider vinegar
1 tspn Salt
3 tbspn Olive oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tspn sesame oil
1 tspn finely grated ginger  
Directions Cut up the tofu in small square chunks, toss in 1 tbspn olive oil and sea salt, bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes, flip then bake for another 10 minutes or until brown and crispy.
Remove from oven and let cool. Wisk together honey, olive oil, vinegar, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Drizzle all over tofu. Sprinkle with bee pollen! Enjoy!   Click to SHOP ONLINE for Planet Bee’s Bee Pollen Thanks for coming to our
Bee Friendly Gardening Day!

Our event was a great success.

The 2nd Annual Bee Friendly Gardening Day @ Planet Bee was able to donate over $250 to The Bee Cause – learn more here.

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 June 5th, 2019