I enjoyed this piece, and it relates to recent news regarding bee die-offs across the country. I'll be looking for bees when my lavender blooms. I'm pretty convinced my veggie garden productivity last year was aided by the constant buzz around my lavender plants. It wasn't an intentional planting arrangement, but it seemed to help and it sure beats having to hand-pollinate.
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