Draw Happy Little Bees to Your Happy Little Garden

It’s true, your happy little garden will be even happier if you can draw more

bees in its direction. And you’ll be happier, when you can sit back and watch

the bees working, knowing you did your part to help them thrive. The truth is,

we all sort of helped mess up a really good thing. Between GMO plants and

over-stressing bees by trafficking them to and from large crops in need of

pollination, bees are now at risk of collapsing not just a single hive, but many

hives across the planet. Think of the good you could be doing by giving local

bees a safe place to find nectar, pollen, water and space - all of which are

critical for bees in keeping their hives healthy. Together, we can all make

small changes for a big result. Here is a list of ideas to help them out:

Build a hive.

Nowadays, you don't need to be a crazy-obsessive bee expert to

care for bees. There are all kinds of books and online sources to provide you

with a step-by-step guide to beekeeping. Pinterest has tons of different hive

plans, tips and tricks! Otherwise, look into the local chapter of beekeepers

and see if any of them would be willing to care for a hive if you foot the bill,

and provide the space. You can work out keeping a jar or two of liquid gold for

the effort and the reward of knowing you did your part... Sweet!

Plant bee-friendly flowers.

Planting flowers that bees love around your

yard and garden (or even in that empty lot down the road), can provide more

locations for bees to do their thing! Some especially bee-friendly flowers

include: Clover, Chamomile, Thyme, Pennyroyal, Cosmos, Lavender, Chives,

Crocus, and Primrose. Try to find and plant local, wild, and organic seeds

since hybrid seeds are sterile and provide no real nutrition for the bees.

Provide water.

Bees drink like us, but they also get wet and turn into little

AC units in the hives. A bird bath with a small branch or a pine cone for

getting in and out works great, or fill a dish with a layer of marbles on the

bottom, and fill with water halfway up the marbles. This also gives the bees a

safe place to land while they have a drink. Whichever you choose, fill your

hydration station with water days ahead to let the chemicals from the tap

water fade out. The buzz is they will like it more.

Keep it light.

Bees like places that are light in color (it is believed that they

are programmed to stay away from things that are the same color as a bear or a

honeybadger), so make sure the surroundings are calm and light in color

where you are wanting to “bee” watching bees.

Have fun and take pictures of them in your garden, we would love to see

them! Email your images to almanac@rcherbals.com.


1 comment

  • great.inspired.thanking you

    sajeera

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