Bees and other pollinators that are increasingly suffering from the effects of monoculture, large scale farming and the chemicals that go along with those practices. The easiest way you can help counter declining bee populations is to plant a bee garden! Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Plant Native Plants Bees and other pollinators in your region have evolved to utilize the flowers of specific plants - mainly those that are already found in surrounding woods, wetlands and prairies! Consult your local extension, gardening club or online resource to learn which plants are native to your region.
- Include Plants which Flow at Different Times of the Year Bees start foraging for pollen and nectar as soon as the dandelions bloom, and will continue feeding until early fall. Be sure to include a variety of plants that flower during different times of the year so that bees always have a food source.
- No Plastic or Fabric Mulch! Native species of bees and pollinators often nest underground. Avoid using plastic and fabric mulches, which create a barrier to the soil.
- Bird Bath or Water Feature Bees actually drink a lot of water! Place a bird bath in your pollinator garden, and throw some small pieces of untreated wood or pebbles into the dish for the bees to perch on while they drink.
- NO CHEMICALS Artificial chemicals and fertilizers can kill bees. Use only natural remedies and products if you must!