Today’s news suggested we give wild bees a help…after all they are essential for our food production, and in dire need of our assistance…surely you’ve heard of the decline in honey bees. High Country Gardens suggests we all purchase their bees or their nests…or both!...but probably the single most important offering is their food. Native, perennial plants require the least fuss and offer flowers our native bees prefer. Whether you garden for blooms or garden for food, remember …more bees means more flowers and that translates to more beauty and higher crop yield.
We need bees, why not give ‘em a leg up? Native bees like Orchard and Mason Bees are sweet, docile bees we really don’t need to fuss over any more than not using poisons that aren’t good for us either and providing food (flowers) that we enjoy anyway and perhaps a couple inconspicuous places where they might find nests to shelter their young. It’s nothing but win-win for all
I want to help bees, but am not so interested in keeping honeybees or harvesting honey. A person has to pick their priorities, you know! This is a way to help bees, without all the hastle of actual 'beekeeping'.
I love it. Besides, I've heard that helping wild bees may be the very cause which keeps our nations food-crops from crashing.
Heck, the newsletter even gives me priceless information regarding what works for bees, but also happens to discourage both rabbits and deer in my garden! Talk about win/win!
Here is a sample of some of the helpful hints the author gives in this single article:
No, I'm in no way affiliated with the store or it's other companies; just enthusiastic. LOL
"More Bees, More Food: Bring bees into your
vegetable garden with flowering plants.Bees are
essential for fruit and vegetable production.
Attract them with low care flowering perennials
and shrubs. Plant a wide variety of species to
insure that there are plants in flower from early
spring through fall.
- Bees are essential for pollinating your fruits and vegetables. Flowering perennials and shrubs need to be in close proximity to your vegetable garden/fruit trees to attract and feed bees with pollen and nectar.
- Early spring blooming flowers help build the bee population for pollination of fruits and vegetables later in the summer.
- Native bees and bumblebees nest in ground burrows. Gardeners need to provide ample perennial beds where these pollinators can nest undisturbed. Annual beds and veggie gardens aren't suitable because their soil
needs to be dug and enriched with compost each spring.
- Good bugs eat bad bugs. Beneficial insects control pests like aphids, caterpillars and spider mites that then feed on vegetables and fruit trees. Plant these specific perennial flowers that are best for establishing populations of beneficial insects in your garden.
- Go organic! Using beneficial insects to control insect pests is a cornerstone principle of organic food production.
- Urban spaces are covered with pavement and buildings. Where are the flowers? Be eco-conscious by planting flowers to replace lost nectar sources. View All Plants that Attract Bees. Select Plants for Pollinators ON SALE until January 24, 2009. Start Now! Bring pollinators to your harvests with this special sale! "