Ormus Butterfly Gardens
Florida Ormus fed wildflowers ring the food plot gardens of Ralph Kinsley and Chris Emmons.
An amazing collection of pollinators visit.
After three years, the honey bees have returned! What a blessing. The beneficial insects abound and keep the pests controlled. No insecticides need be used.
Recently a study was done by the State of Florida. Honey bees were collected across the top half of the state from Tallahassee to Jacksonville. 100% contained insecticide.
Honey bees used to travel 4-5 miles seeking out abundant sources of pollen. But recently it was discovered that they got lost a few feet from the hive.
Many have lost their ability to reproduce and must be procreated by the beekeeper 4 times per year. Much of the beekeepers income comes from taking the bees to the farmers fields to do the job nature used to do.
Fortunately here in N Florida there are over 500 indigenous pollinators. Butterflies do a great job and are fun to watch. But some of the other pollinators, such as ants, can do great harm.
Here at Ormus Fairy Tale Gardens, N. Florida we planted many flowers surrounding our Discovery in Action vegetable gardens, orchard, and berry patch. After 3 years the honey bees have returned and seem to be doing quite well.
At first we hesitated to use insecticides as many pests attacked our plantings. But as we learned to differentiate the beneficial insects from the non-beneficial, the good ones flourished. We let the good bugs do our business by keeping the pests away.
We also learned the many many means of organic pest control. Today the Gardens are totally organic and in harmony with God and nature.