Buzzing Around
Shirley Xu, Division 1, 6th grade #ws16e-s3d1

One can tend a special backyard garden to find relaxation, seek peace, and help the community and the world. Gardening gives me not only peace of mind, but also the opportunity to help the species commonly known as honeybees.

Millions of humans are leaving a negative impact in the world by using bee-killing pesticides on plants. Combined with global warming, the effect is dragging down bees’ numbers. Without honeybees, the whole food chain would tumble off balance. As Albert Einstein once stated, ""Mankind will not survive the honey bees' disappearance for more than five years."" The entire human race and the rest of the world will starve from famine.
Although a large portion of the human population thinks that honeybees play just a minor role on Earth, these small critters perform the equivalence of a much greater job. To the human species, bees are critical for our survival. One-third of our food is pollination-dependent, and one colony of bees can pollinate up to 4,000 square meters of fruit trees. The work of the honeybees affects us directly, by contributing to the produce that is being served on our dinner table. When honeybees pollinate plants that herbivores eat, they become our source of poultry and meat.

A variety of plants are readily available to choose from when planting a backyard garden to help honeybees. The garden will be as colorful and cheerful as any other, if not better. Just to name a few, daisies, marigolds, crocus, wild lilac, cherry trees, sourwood trees, and peach trees are some plants bees like to hover around.

To guarantee a honeybee’s dream place in my backyard, I will include a shallow “bath” with clean water and twigs. Stag some pebbles to above the water level so the bees can take a drink. By maintaining clean water, bees will come back to the same spot as a rest stop. Also, a smart choice of plants is picking the ones that yield blooms season-round. This will ensure the return of bees to my garden 365 days a year. For those people who live in a place with no backyard, please note that they only need a little plot of land, such as a rooftop, or even a windowsill will suffice.

Almost anybody can make an iota of difference to honey bees by just planting a garden. My patch of colorful garden can influence many to help as well. This ripple effect can alter the numbers of the bees that we depend on, and restore our Earth back to perfect balance. As an individual, I may not be able make a significant mark in the world, but as a group, we are unstoppable. If all of us do our share to help, busy bees buzzing around will make picturesque scenery for years to come.
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