Did you know that there is a way for everyone to take part and help save the bees? It may not seem like a big difference this year, but it will definitely help get a good start for next year. Here are the top 5 things you can do to help bees: don’t pick the flowers, don’t buy corporate plants buy from your local garden clubs, plant a variety of plants; especially bee friendly ones, do co-planting instead of using pesticides, and spread the word!!!
Did you know that bees eat all season and that they need all flowers that bloom? Dandelions, peach blossoms and lilacs are some of the first flowers that start to bloom in spring. The bees need this first forage after their long winter in the hive. Store bought plants can have GMO pesticides and growth retardants on them when they arrive at the store. This is to keep the flowers looking nice by the time they make it to the store; however, the pesticides kill bees. Working with the local garden club can help the club and makes sure the plants are well taken care of and don’t have the pesticides on them.
Variety is the spice of life, so plant wildflowers. Just like humans bees need to have a variety of food in their diet to stay healthy. A wildflower mix of seeds can do that. They will bloom all season until fall, which is what bees also need to stay healthy and make bee-licious honey! The changing bee-auty will keep the neighbors and the bees buzzing about your garden. The greater the variety the greater the health!
Please don’t use pesticides on the plants!!! Bees pollinate all of our food; if it has nectar then it needs to be pollinated. By killing our bees we are losing our food source to keep us alive and moving around. Do some co-planting instead; like planting peppermint, this will deter bugs from eating the plants. So it is time to share and get the word out to save our precious pollinators!!! Please plant, share and get out there to help protect our bees!
From our hive to yours,