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Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Gardeners - UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

Gardeners - UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

The Oxford Tract Garden, spring 2008.

WHEN YOU SEE A HUMMINGBIRD, A BELOVED SOUL WAS VISITING YOU.
There are different species: the sunsun of Cuba does not reach 5 centimeters in length and is the smallest bird known. I want to count until I'm out of breath I want to anoint myself with magic and get drunk on dreams ...

My Aloe Vera Cactus is dying! I think?!?! & Bull; HelpfulGardener.com
The plant needs a lot of sunlight and if you feed it, you should use a dedicated fertilizer for cacti and other succulent plants. Watering should be only occasional but, when it happens, it should be enough so that water runs out the bottom of the plant pot.

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Such offerings assembled in this album called us to imagine life relationally across different beings rather than across the same beings.

Do you enjoy having a garden with different plants that produce flowers and perhaps some fruits and vegetables? Do you like to see bees, butterflies and hummingbirds who visit the flowers for nectar rewards? Do you have the feeling that your diverse garden is somehow small contributing food resources and shelter that these animals and other small garden creatures require? Have you ever wondered about doing more to encourage these benign animals?

Bees (and some other groups of insects) provide useful service to urban plants. In exchange for the tiny size of flower pollen and nectar resources adopted and perhaps some small space for nesting, bees pollinate many of the flowers of ornamental, fruit and vegetable plants. In some cases this service is mandatory, ie bees are absolutely necessary for cross-pollination of the plant to receive mature fruits and viable seeds. Therefore, they are very beneficial for the urban population. This important service goes largely unnoticed and uninterrupted during the flowering season.

A female carpenter bee pollinating Salvia.

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