The typical sound of this April in the field is the hum of bees (Apis mellifera). With the multitude of lemon trees in full bloom and plants that live with these, there are many bees visiting us at this time. They come to pollinate our trees. This is undoubtedly a major factor in ensuring greater fruit set fruit.
Natural biodiversity of a plot also attracts bees to continue with us beyond the time of flowering.
These days we have engaged in the implementation of a project Syngenta (www.operationpollinator.com) as collaborating farmers. This project is to build on our farms a multifunctional margins of native plants to serve as food, pollen, and nesting place for pollinators and other insects.
Owing to this project soon flora of our farms will be increased by: Borago officinalis, Calendula arvensis, coriander, sage verbenaca, Meliothus officinalis, Catholic Diplotaxis, Echium vulgare, Silene vulgaris, Vicia sativa and Nigella damascena. It is curious that many of these species have always been considered herbs competing crop or weeds, but more and more studies recommend the benefits of adventitious herbs.
Thanks also to the book “Field Guide pollinators of Spain ‘prepared by the researchers Luis Óscar Aguado Martín, Alberto Ferreres Castiel and Elisa Viñuela Sandoval, sponsored by Syngenta, our interest in bees, pollinators and beneficial insects is increasing, making our respect for them is accentuated, increase the sustainability of our plots and perfect balance of the ecosystem occurs more easily.
Due to the lack of spring rains, these multifunctional margins, as you can see in the picture, there are still species that have not yet germinated. However, we know with certainty that when they arrive rains expected this margin will be more populated and beautiful.
Lemon honey of Murcia, this should also be exported to Middle World, because at this time of Murcia looks like a huge beehive.