How to Help Wild Bees Even if You Live in a Tiny Apartment

When it comes to wild bee advocacy, there are two key strategies people are talking about: building bee hotels and planting for pollinators. Both of these are great ideas that our planet definitely needs more folks engaged with. However, not everyone is in a position to build bee hotels, nor does everyone have access to their own yard where bee hotels or pollinator-attracting plants can be placed.

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ApiculturePat Mosley
When is the Best Time to Plant?

Planning ahead is critical for every garden project. And when you’re just getting started, it’s easy to get tripped up on knowing when to actually start planting. Can you really start in February? Are the little charts on the backs of some seed packets really accurate? These questions and others like them present a challenge for newbie gardeners. In this post I’ve highlighted four key resources to help you out. Together they form the strategy I personally use for my garden plans.

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Zone OnePat Mosley
Pat Mosley's Unofficial Guide to Sizing Bee Hotels

So, you’ve gathered up all your materials, you’ve picked out your cutesy design features, and you’re all set to build your first bee hotel. All of the sudden, with drill in hand and ready to go, you realize you’ve forgotten to plan a very important part of your design. What size holes do we make?

After ‘what amount of long-term care is involved?’ this is probably the second-most common question I get about bee hotels. And much like the former question, it’s answer can be ambiguous depending on who you speak to, how the bees in your area are behaving, and really, how much you’re trying to engage in this kind of work.

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ApiculturePat Mosley
Caring For Your Feet With Self-Massage

The other night as I was coming down from an unexpected panic attack, I realized I was unconsciously massaging both my feet. The effect was soothing. After about ten minutes I felt as if the state of panic I had been experiencing was moving down my body from my head and leaving me through my feet.

To some metaphysicians, the feet provide a map to the rest of the body. Ailments found elsewhere can be treated through applying therapeutic pressure to the correct area of the feet. If this system holds true, where some areas of the body like the sciatic nerve or other areas of the back are difficult or impossible for most to reach themselves, the feet provide a gateway many of us can reach ourselves.

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BodyworkPat Mosley
Long-Term Management for Wild Bee Hotels

When folks ask if there’s a lot of work involved in keeping a bee hotel, I tend to give two answers. The first is no. It’s possible to install a wild bee habitat in your garden and never have anything to do with it again.

The second answer is yes. If you want to get involved in long-term care for native bees, there’s plenty more to do. Really it all boils down to how much time and labor you’re able to invest in caring for our wild bees. This post highlights some of the ways we can get involved in wild bee advocacy on a long-term scale.

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ApiculturePat Mosley
5 Ideas For Making Permaculture Design More Accessible

Permaculture challenges us to care not only for the planet but for people too. I know that as an individual actor in my ecosystem, permaculture offers an innovative way of relating to the planet which I believe will serve us well through weathering climate change. I also know that as a disabled person, the ways we teach and design permaculture projects can sometimes be unintentionally inaccessible to disabled folks.

One of my aspirations in permaculture is to open up the way we teach and design for future resiliency to make this work more accessible to disabled folks like me who are passionate about the planet. Whether permaculture can be a source for medical treatment of disabilities is another question entirely, but today I’m focusing just on how permaculture can challenge the disabling ways our world is often designed.

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