Welcome to the Insect Hotel

The vital interconnection with all life includes a myriad of insect life

No, the title of this article isn’t meant to be a greeting to the survivors of a possible next world war, i.e. the cockroaches, etc. But it does deal with preventing possible extinctions, as discussed in this article.

The Ones We Need

We need serious reminders of the vital interconnection with all life on the planet and that includes a myriad of insect life, which we often choose to ignore or feel…inconvenienced by. However, life on earth, and human survival, is dependent on many creatures of Creation that we know, and care, little about.

That includes many insects other than bees and butterflies that perform various direct and/or indirect functions related to the food we eat, the survival of other creatures like birds, etc.

Insect Hotels

Here’s some information from Christian Frehner, in Switzerland, pertaining to some of the insect hotels he’s built for the FIGU center:

“The two attached photos are showing two of my insect hotels. The one on the left (top) I made myself (clay stuffed in a wooden box and bamboo sticks sticking into it). This is an ongoing experiment. Some of the sticks are already in use. The insect hotel on the right side (bottom) is one I bought. What you can see in the other photo is that “my wild bees” like the small tubes (bamboo, etc.) the best. Several of the tubes are already filled with eggs and closed with sand and saliva. And they also like and use the birch wood branches sticks with small holes drilled into them. Most of the holes are already occupied.”*

Good Riddance

In our attempts to kill every conceivable kind of weed, we’ve not only been getting rid of the good insects but killing many other things, including people as well, with the super-toxic glyphosate. Fortunately, there’s a push-back happening even in other countries.

What Climate Change?

As for that “non-existent” climate change and destruction, well tell it to the folks south of the border.

The Spiritual Teaching People

Let’s take a moment to speak about another kind of growth, that of “The Spiritual Teaching People”, a Documentary Based On The Spiritual Teaching of Billy Meier, being produced by Dubhaltagh O Hearcain. Below is a summary of the project and how you can participate:

Summary

In a series of Interviews with Members of FIGU we explore the current state of the earth and why our civilization and the systems that hold it together are stretched and in rapid decline. We talk about the reasons why our Natural world and environment are in freefall due to a rising population. The interviews examine the enslaving old order of political, religious and cultural philosophies that have misguided and shaped society. The members provide us with in depth logical reasons as to why these old world systems are breaking down while alternatively providing insights into the holistic, regenerative, and restorative benefits that will come when mankind embraces the Universal Laws of Creation outlined in spiritual teaching of Billy Meier

Lets Band Together

As the world moves through a period of intensifying disorder it will be important that we band together to bring to life projects that will offer solutions. Solutions that empower people to think for themselves. As the dominant institutions continue to collapse, they will undoubtedly leave in their wake a vacuum. Such a void presents both danger but also an opportunity for those consciously more aware to help those lost in an abyss of consciousness enslavement.

With millions and even billions around the world searching for answers, the spiritual teaching will provide empowering new ways for mankind to look at the world. New ways that will help them discover for themselves the causes of our decline but more importantly clear answers on how we can guide ourselves back toward a future of conscious comprehension and harmony.

What We Need To Make This Happen

Like many of you i have been searching for ways to bring awareness to the spiritual teaching. In 2014 I created a platform on YouTube called “Nature’s Way” My videos are reaching many people but I’ve had to be honest with myself. I’m not a filmmaker and I lack the technical skills to make a professional documentary. In order for us to develop a professional grade film we will need to hire a filmmaker.  I have already reached out to several filmmakers and narrowed it down to a venezuelan filmmaker who will accompany me in August for 4 days of filming at the SSSC.

Our Goal of $10,000 will go to the following

    • Hire A Filmmaker for up to 4 days of filming
    • Filmmaker travel expenses, lodging and Food.
    • Hire a Filmmaker for the Post production editing
    • Marketing the film

The Impact

All it takes is one person. Young Greta Thunberg the climate activist who has been making worldwide headlines is a great example of what one person can achieve. By the same token If we  help just one person find the spiritual teaching then it has the potential to have a lifetime worth of success.

Challenges

What i lack in filmmaking skills i make up for in my determination to make things happen. At the moment it’s just me. If i don’t raise the money to hire a filmmaker don’t worry the project will still go ahead. (But I’m hoping other folks in our community will bring their skills to the project, If you might be one of those folks, get in touch!)

If You Can Not Financially Support This Project

Not all of you may be able to contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help or join our journey!

You can help me by sharing a link to this campaign on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Myspace

Don’t forget to use the Indiegogo share tools which you can see on this page!

That Things May Grow

Returning to our horticultural pursuits, Alan, who’s one of our friends in the UK, has contributed some information that should be quite useful in regard to growing healthy plants:

Recipe for Stinging Nettle Plant Feed

Items needed: A clump of Stinging Nettles; two 9 or 10 liter buckets; one lid or inverted saucer; gardening gloves; garden cutters; a clothes peg, a fine mesh filter.

Prior to the Sting Nettles flowering, cut enough Nettles that will half fill the bucket. They must wilt first, walking on them will help break down the stalks. It doesn’t matter if they are flowering or not. Leave the root stock in the ground so more Nettles grow. Once just wilted (not bone dry), half fill the bucket with the nettles and then add water.

If tap water, leave to stand for a couple of hours to let the chlorine/chemicals evaporate. You can use the water straight from the tap but rain water is best. Once filled to about one/two inches from the top, place inverted saucer on top and if animals are about, or it’s windy, a half brick will keep the lid on. Leave for about 10 to 14 days. The temperature should be 21’c to 24’c. if needed place in the shade.  Organic’s start to work above 15’c.

With the other bucket and clothes peg on one’s nose, pour/filter off the fluid into the other bucket. Don’t worry if “bits” get through. It’s quite smelly and you don’t want it on your clothes/shoes. Keep a lid on the bucket with the fluid in it, as you don’t want flies, etc., getting in there. The dilution ratio is about 10 parts water to 1 part of fluid. The first time you use it, you can make it weaker, and see how it goes. It’s the carbon/nitrogen ratio that varies in the soil. So best to play safe. You can use it with chemical/organic fertilizer on a different day if needed. I use an old coffee cup to scoop out the solution into a watering can. It’s bucket chemistry (just like the pharmaceutical companies), and as the US gallon is 3.58 liters and the UK gallon is 4.5 liters, don’t try to be precise  What remains in the fermenting bucket can be tipped out in the garden, and allowed to dry out or dug in to the soil.

Some birds will dive in, as often larvae can be seen attached to the stalks. So, you’re again helping nature. Sometimes a mold can be seen on the surface, just mix it in, it’s nothing to worry about. Watering or feeding is best done about 9 am. If the soil is dry one can add a couple of drops of “Fairy Liquid” (none perfumed is best), as this “wets” the soil prior to feeding. It is also a mild NPK fertilizer. So never add feed to dry soil. Many people kill plants by over watering. The old rule of thumb is “water on wilt”. As plants need oxygen on their roots. It takes about 30 minutes for feed to get into the roots. And I also talk to plants as I work on them, yes quite crazy, but that’s me. The same procedure can be carried out with Comfrey.

Recipe for Comfrey Feed

Items needed:

A plastic or stainless-steel collection tub/saucepan.

A 4” or 8“ plastic tube. 4‘ long (gutter down pipe or brown pipe).

Two flower pots.

The size of pot is to ensure that the 4’ pipe remains off the surface, when the tube is placed inside the flower pot and there is a gap to allow the feed to drip out into the tub.

Cut the Comfrey plant down just before it starts to flower.

Pack the plant, broken up and fill the tube up with the leaves/stems to the top. With one end of the tube in the tub.

Place an inverted flower pot over the tube, invert the tube and place tube/flower pot into the collection tub.

Place the other flower pot on top of the tube to keep out flies.

Leave standing in the corner of the shed for about two-four weeks and you will see the collection vessel filling up with the concentrate.

It is less smelly than soaking the leaves in water, as is done with the Stinging Nettles.

The soil which grew the plant varies in nutrients, therefore try 1/4 cup of feed to a gallon. (Best to use a weak feed, than too strong).

After a month or longer the mass in the tube will have decomposed and no more feed will drip out of the bottom of the tube.

This mass can be dug into the soil or placed in a compost heap.

Neanderthal man used Comfrey to heal cuts, so it’s not a new idea.

One can get four or five crops in a season. And when splitting the root to make another plant, take care not to drop a slither on the soil as another plant will grow there.

I rotate the plants, cutting to soil level and leaving one to flower for the bumblebees. They get drunk on the nectar and bang into each other, it’s amazing to watch them.

If you find a bumblebee on the sidewalk (pavement in UK), it’s probably puffed out and needs the pollen before someone treads on it. look for a plant that has a flower (dandelions are good) and take the flower to the bee so it can stick its head in to the flower. In less than a minute the bee will fly off, recharged and looking for more flowers. Or very carefully place a leaf or credit card in front of the bee and gently persuade the bee onto it so you can transport the bee to the flower.

There are some good videos on you tube regarding composting/soils/green manure (poached egg plant, etc). easier to follow than my scribble.

Hope this helps, as I cannot guarantee that you will hear the roots clicking as the plants talk to each other but you will get lush results.

*Additional links for insect hotels, etc.: 

https://www.hauenstein-rafz.ch/de/pflanzenwelt/sammelsurium/Insektenhotel.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_hotel

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/

https://nourishandnestle.com/diy-insect-hotel/

5 Replies to “Welcome to the Insect Hotel”

  1. Cool stuff, Michael! And where else but here can one get all the life-important varied and interconnected topics and info presented here!?

  2. Funny how I remember when my mother was alive I used to plant flowers in our planter boxes but my mother got bitten twice by bees . I thought of having a small bat house so the bats would eat the bees so my mother and i would `t get bitten by the bees since bats eat the bees as their source of food back in the early 1990s. Bees are a good source for pollinating flowers and making honey. Salome

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