I’m sure by now, that everyone has heard about the bees not being able to find enough pollen to spread, make honey with and survive! It’s a serious issue! Even some celebrities, like Morgan Freeman, have purchased huge plots of land and become pseudo bee farmers! Now, you don’t have to go buy 100 acres, heck, you don’t even have to have a hive box in your yard. But what can you do to save the bees?
To save the bees, you need to know that bees need pollen to survive – and maybe plant a few of their favorites so they can eat all year long. All you need to do is plant these to save the bees! That’s right, you can fight bee extinction by planting a few extra things in your garden or yard. Easy Peasy, right?
Help Save the Bees? Why should I do that?
In case you haven’t seen any of those fantastic bee documentaries, bees are vital to agriculture. They pollinate many of our crops and make honey, which I use in the most delicious homemade bread recipe ever (check it out and save it for future use).
And as beehives are failing, that means fewer bees to pollinate crops and help us get the yummy foods we like to eat. So, this is kind of a big deal.
In other words, if you like to eat food, you should help save the bees.
To Save the Bees, plant these!
There is certain flora that honey bees are more attracted to. And often, bees get more pollen and food from them as well. You’ll want to make sure that are attracting honey bees and bumblebees.
Meantime, we don’t need any excess yellow jackets or wasps around.
Here’s an interesting tidbit: honeybees and bumblebees tend to protect their territories from yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps. So if you keep the bees around, you’ll have fewer nasty flying and stinging bugs to deal with.
Go to the closest State Park or County library to do some research.
Treat it like you’ve got a mystery on your hands, folks! Prepare to do some research. To make things easier, I’ve got some tips on where to start – and many of these links will take you to products on Amazon, because really it’s just amazingly convenient.
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This part is the research! You’ll want to know the following things if you want to save the bees:
What pollen-producing plants and wildflowers are indigenous to your area? You’ll definitely want to plant some of those. However, there are some universal pollinators to plant. Meaning, they can grow pretty much anywhere:
- Phlox: Also known as Mountain Phlox, is a beautiful bloom that can range from bright pink into a bluish purple. They are also a groundcover plant, so they spread fast and do enjoy the shade.
- Aster: Aster ranges in color from blue, lavender and pink, all the way to white. This is a fall bloomer, but it is actually a very important flower for the pre-hibernation of Bumblebee Queens.
- Cone Flowers: Cone Flowers are hearty wildflowers that grow on a very tall stalk and have a lovely purple bloom. Remember, don’t be swayed by hybrid colors, the more native to your area, the better.
- Sunflowers: Bees LOVE Sunflowers and, I mean, can you really blame them. Sunflowers radiate happiness every year as they bloom and they can grow just about anywhere.
- Blazing Stars: they almost sound like something I have to have in my yard, don’t they? Blazing Stars are gorgeous purple or white, almost fluffy looking blooms that don’t just benefit the bees. You’ll most likely see an increase in Monarch butterflies and Swallowtails! Oh, and these plants can grow up to three feet tall!
How can I plant these to save the bees, if I don’t have a garden or yard?
Don’t fret! You can easily get into easy container gardening for urban spaces and show some of these wildflowers a grand life in the lap of luxury – in a gorgeous, tiered planter pot or this self-watering hanging basket planter!
Want to read more about gardening in containers or small spaces? Make sure you check out my articles on which container garden plants to pick (and why!) and these 50+ tips on things you need to grow a gorgeous deck garden!
As long as you are planting bee-friendly (and use this cute sign to proudly proclaim such!) pollinators, you are saving the bees!
And that way, you’re ensuring you’ll have lots of good, yummy food to eat. Like my favorite raspberry jam – we love seeing how many bees are in our raspberry bushes.
The more bees we see – we know it means that we’ll get more raspberries. And that means more jam to go on toast!
- Enjoy being outside without worrying about bug spray – use these natural, DIY bug repellent candles to keep the bugs away.
- Okay, so it’s totally nerdy, but I totally just got this “Danger: Velociraptor Containment!” sign from Amazon for my chicken coop. It makes me giggle every time I go out to the coop.
- Need some ideas to get your deck or patio looking more gorgeous? Here are 15 DIY deck projects – many of which can be done in just a few hours with fantastic results.
- Need more gardening books? My two favorites are this Complete Idiot’s Guide to Year-Round Gardening (because really – it covers EVERYTHING you don’t know that you need to know!) and The New Victory Garden (because it outlines what you need to do, month by month!)