In today's enlightening discussion, Charlotte Ekker Wiggins takes us on a journey through the fascinating intersection of beekeeping and gardening. She breaks down the perceived barriers between these two practices and highlights their inherent connections. Get ready to explore the importance of pollinators and the balance required to nurture their environment.
We'll delve into the secrets of Bluebird Gardens, a place Charlotte fondly describes as a hub for 'murder, mayhem, and mysteries,' where diverse creatures and plants coexist in harmony. Charlotte emphasizes the need for beekeepers to understand the intricacies of plant life, and for gardeners to grasp the fundamentals of pollination.
Charlotte is a Certified Master Beekeeper and Master Gardener Emeritus. She has turned a seemingly barren Missouri hillside into an award-winning haven for both bees and blooms.
Her garden, aptly named Bluebird Gardens, not only thrives against all odds but has also transformed into a certified wildlife habitat and Monarch Way station. But that's just the tip of the iceberg! Charlotte is also an author and runs a custom gift business inspired by her sustainable practices.
Charlotte shares insights into the captivating swarming process in honeybee colonies and unveils potential educational resources for aspiring beekeepers.
"Bees Need Flowers; Planting for Pollinators" Coming Soon!
00:04 Introduction to the Garden Question Podcast
00:39 Meet the Host and Today's Guest: Charlotte Ecker Wiggins
00:42 Exploring the Intersection of Beekeeping and Gardening
01:08 The Secrets of Blue Bird Gardens
01:34 Charlotte's Journey as a Master Beekeeper and Gardener
02:33 The Importance of Understanding Plant Life for Beekeepers
03:21 The Role of Pollinators in the Garden Ecosystem
03:45 The Myth of the Peaceful Garden
05:10 The Role of Honeybees in Gardening
06:14 The Importance of Planting for Pollinators
09:40 The Connection Between Gardening and Beekeeping
12:00 The Role of Birds in a Healthy Bee Population
15:35 The Importance of Soil in Gardening and Beekeeping
16:46 The Challenges and Rewards of Beekeeping
19:32 The Role of Bees in the Garden Ecosystem
32:23 The Importance of Understanding Bee Behavior for Beekeepers
38:01 Understanding the Life of Bees
38:31 The Role of a Beekeeper
39:08 The Concept of Bee Space
39:44 The Process of Bee Swarming
39:50 The Life Cycle of a Queen Bee
40:41 The Fascinating Process of Bee Colony Decision Making
41:11 Understanding Swarm Cells and Supersedure Cells
41:58 The Journey of a Bee Swarm
45:14 The Role of Bee Clubs
47:17 The Importance of Beekeeping Education
53:25 The Importance of Understanding Soil in Gardening
01:01:54 The Connection Between Bees and Gardening
01:08:17 The Importance of Patience in Gardening
01:11:47 The Role of Observation in Gardening