Gardening for Bees
Gardening for bees is really pretty simple because bees are attracted to a great many plants. The question is why would you want to garden for bees?
There are many good reasons. One of most important reasons is that honey bees are extremely important to the process of plant pollination.
When they are hunting for nectar, they collect pollen on their legs which they transfer to other plants when they fly from blossom to blossom.
In recent years, honey bees have suffered some drastic die offs so gardeners are going out of their way to make good environments for honey bees. Overusing fertilizers and pesticides might be partially responsible for this problem.
Green gardening is a method of gardening that depends on beneficial insects, organic soil, and natural products to grow plants and flowers. The results are organic produce and a cleaner, safer environment for all of us (including bees).
When you see how many plants that honey bees pollinate you will see why we need them. Starting with the spring bulbs, bees are attracted to crocus, hyacinth, and snowdrops. Some perennials you’ll need to garden for bees include roses, hollyhocks, cone flowers, foxglove, bee balm, sedum, tansy and clematis.
Annuals that bees like include geraniums, cosmos, poppies, sunflowers, zinnias and marigolds. In fact if you plant a row of marigolds around the border of your vegetable garden you are doing more than gardening for bees. Rabbits and deer do not like the smell of marigolds so you’re helping the bees and protecting your garden at the same time.
Vegetables that are visited by bees include all the squashes including pumpkins, peppers, and cucumbers. Fruits they like include strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, and raspberries.
In the herb garden, bees like borage, catnip, cilantro, lavender, rosemary, sages, and mints. A favorite activity of mine is to sit and read near the garden on a sunny, warm afternoon. Can’t you just hear the soft buzz of the bees as you doze in the warm, fragrant garden?
There are many shrubs that attract bees also. They like privet bushes, blueberry and butterfly bush, and honeysuckle.The trees that attract bees include maples, fruit trees (especially crab apple), mountain ash, magnolias, willows, alders, American Holly, Catalpa, and Eastern Redbud.
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