Bees are a vital part of the environment, but their populations have been in decline. These creatures pollinate plants and flowers, which means that they help to grow healthy gardens. If you want to help bees by growing your own bee garden, then here’s how to do it:
It’s smart to have bee-friendly plants anytime, but especially when the bee population is threatened.
If you’re like me, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about bees. But maybe you should. Bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our food supply and contribute an estimated $15 billion to the U.S. economy every year through their work in the agricultural sector. They also help maintain healthy ecosystems by transferring pollen from plant to plant, which helps prevent disease and controls invasive species.
But since 2006, we’ve been losing bees at an alarming rate—the population has declined by as much as 50 percent in some places! Most scientists agree that pesticides are partly responsible for this decline, along with habitat loss (due to urban development).
Bees are the most vital pollinators of flowering plants.
The honeybee is the most vital pollinator of flowering plants. Without this flower-loving insect, we wouldn’t have much to eat.
Bees are responsible for pollinating about one-third of the food we eat and more than 100 crops worldwide. They’re also responsible for pollinating 30% of the food we eat!
Bees don’t just produce honey; they also help in growing healthy gardens.
- Bees pollinate plants.
- Although bees are usually associated with the production of honey, they actually play a much more important role in gardens than just making honey. Bees help plants grow and grow healthy, which allows them to produce fruit.
Plants that bees love include flowers, herbs and shrubs.
If you want to attract bees to your garden, it’s important to know which flowers they like. Bees are very particular about what they eat, so a variety of different kinds of food sources is best. Bees can eat pollen (which comes from the male parts of plants), nectar (which comes from the female parts) and other sweet substances such as:
- Honeydew – A sweet substance produced by aphids or scale insects
- Propolis – A resinous material collected by bees from plant buds
- Combs – The wax structure created by honeybees for storing honey in hives
- Royal Jelly – A special food reserved only for feeding new queens
Bees need a place to land and rest, so you should include stones and rocks near your plants.
Bees need a place to land and rest, so include stones and rocks near your plants. Bees that are flying around doing their work can be pretty active, but they also need to rest from time to time. This can be especially important after their long winter hibernation or when returning from a long trip away from their home hive. To keep their wings in good condition, bees will land on rocks or other hard surfaces for brief periods of time. When you see bees resting on rocks in nature (like the ones pictured above), it’s usually because they’re trying to protect themselves from predators like birds!
So how do you incorporate these resting places into your bee garden? You have a few options:
- Put down some flat stones at different heights throughout your garden bed;
- Set up multiple bee blocks next to one another with varying surface textures; or
- Place large rocks (or even large pieces of bark) underneath the foliage where bees may perch when they stop flying around looking for nectar sources
Some of the best flowers to have in a bee garden are calendula, foxglove and lavender.
A bee garden is a great way to help bees and other pollinators thrive. If you have any flower beds or planters in your yard, consider adding some of these flowers to make them more attractive to bees and other pollinators. Some of the best flowers to have in a bee garden are calendula, foxglove and lavender. Other flowers that are good for bees include borage, bee balm, buttercups (also called cowslips), dandelions, goldenrod (both western and eastern varieties) and sunflowers.
Here are some tips for planting your own pollinator-friendly garden!
Bees like many different types of herbs, including basil, chives and mint.
Bees like many different types of herbs, including basil, chives and mint. Basil is a good choice because it is a flowering plant; bees like to gather pollen from flowering plants. Chives are also an annual plant that provides plenty of nectar for pollinators to eat. Mint is a perennial plant, which means that it comes back every year without having to be planted again. You can add mint to your bee garden or just let it grow in your yard!
You can attract bees with blueberry bushes, marigolds and butterfly bushes.
- Blueberries are a good source of pollen and nectar. Bees love to visit blueberry bushes, so plant some in your garden!
- Marigolds are another great choice for attracting bees as they have plenty of pollen that bees can feast on.
- Butterfly bushes are also a good option for attracting bees because they produce lots of nectar that the honeybees can use to make their delicious honey!
Honeybees are attracted to sunflowers because of their bright colors and sweet nectar.
Honeybees are attracted to sunflowers because of their bright colors and sweet nectar. Many different flowers, herbs, and shrubs provide resources for honeybees. Some of the best ones include:
- Sunflowers have a long bloom time that attracts many types of bees and other pollinators.
- Basil is a favorite among both humans and bees alike. It’s an easy plant to grow in containers or even windowsills indoors! If you’re looking for something more exotic than basil but still don’t want too much trouble with bugs/pests, try lavender instead! It smells great too (or so I’ve heard).
Planting a bee garden is a great way to do your part to help save these important creatures!
Bees are vital to the ecosystem. They pollinate plants and crops, which helps provide food for humans. But many types of bees are threatened by pesticides and other environmental factors, making it important to do your part in helping these creatures survive. Planting a bee garden is an easy way to make your home more habitable for pollinators! You can find out how by reading on…
The more you know about bees, the better you can protect them and help them thrive. Hopefully this article has helped you learn more about honeybees and what they need from us as humans. We hope that if you decide to plant your own bee garden, these tips will prove useful! Remember: bees need our help now more than ever before—so don’t hesitate to get started today!