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Fruit is something we mostly take for granted, be it an apple a day or the grapes of wrath, we tend to eat fruit (or not) and not think too much about it. But with the world’s bee population being decimated on a vast scale, your daily intake of fruit may become a weekly thing, or even monthly, maybe even a once in a while treat. Think I’m being alarmist? Even in my small patch of ground in Cyprus I’m finding dead or dying bees on a regular basis. A United Nations press release in May 2019 stated that more than three quarters of the leading types of global food crops rely to some extent on bees and other pollinators.

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American Blueberries

I grow a lot of fruit for a small garden. Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, grapes, blueberries, tomatoes and even melons.

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Melon – Rugoso di Cosenza Giatto

Whatever it is I decide to grow, even though they are grown in tubs, seems to do well. I’m always amazed when I sow new seeds and something grows. Not least of which was my amazement at the melons I have growing.

So I pay particular attention to nature and try to invite as many insects into my garden as possible with the right types of flowers and environment. Because one day I may sow some seeds and nothing will grow. If that day ever comes, god help humanity because without pollination, people will starve.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2019

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