How You Can Help Save the Bees
Why Bees Matter
Pollinators are an essential part of our ecosystem. Bees alone help produce about one-third of the world’s food supply. On top of this, nearly 90% of flowering plants need pollinators to reproduce. Without pollinators, we wouldn’t be able to sustain our supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, and gardens would be duller without an array of colorful wildflowers.
Luckily, saving the bees is actually something you can contribute to, starting in your own garden. We’ve outlined a few simple ways you can contribute toward sustaining local bee populations.
Avoid Using Pesticides
Pesticides are convenient for killing unwanted pests, but they are also harmful to local pollinators, plants, and birds. They can cause memory and navigation issues in bees, and even kill them. There are plenty of safe alternatives to pesticides you can try instead, such as:
- Creating healthy soil in your garden using compost and mulch
- Sending a soil sample to a lab to test its pH and nutrient levels
- Planting native wildflowers
- Planting lavender or onion, as they repel pests with their fragrance
It may also be beneficial to use insects as a form of pest control. Ladybugs are a sustainable way to keep pests out of your garden. You can buy them at hardware stores and release them into your garden. Additionally, you can plant fragrant herbs such as cilantro, dill, or oregano to attract ladybugs.
Build a Bee Bath
A bee bath is an excellent way to help bees get access to clean drinking water. Fill a small bowl or bird bath with fresh, clean water and river stones. Fill the bath so that the stones are above the surface of the water. This will allow the bees to perch on the stones while they drink or clean themselves. Water also helps bees stay cool, dilute honey, and feed their young.
Support Local Beekeepers
Local beekeepers help create a positive impact on the local environment. Supporting beekeepers by purchasing products from them, such as honey, candles, soaps, etc., helps beekeepers continue to cultivate a healthy and supportive environment for their bees. It also helps support your local economy. On top of it all, you get some delicious honey! What’s not to love?
Cultivate a Bee-Friendly Garden
Bees need regular access to pollen and nectar from local plants. Therefore, you will want to have a habitat filled with local flowers. This doesn’t have to be an especially large space either; even a small flower garden a foot or two long is fine. You can even get by with only a flower pot or two!
Choose local pollinator plants that naturally attract bees. For example, if you live in the Rocky Mountain area, Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon Strictus) is a wildflower that attracts bees. Ideally, you’ll want to plant a blend of wildflowers that are native to where you live. If you’re not sure what kinds of native flower blends to start with, we have plenty of wildflower seed bombs that are perfect for any region in the continental US.
If you plan on growing produce, mixing in plants that flower can help attract local bees. Plants such as herbs, berries, or fruits and vegetables that flower when they are growing (like squash or lavender) are ideal for attracting pollinators such as bees. Planting fruits and vegetables is a great way for you to share the fruits of your labor with our buzzing friends.
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