How To Save The Bees


As of a couple weeks ago, bumblebees have been declared endangered. This is a result of many factors: insecticide, construction and building of new homes, and gardeners favoring double-headed flowers. To fix the mess we made, I created a list of tips on restoring the bee population! For more information on how you can help, visit www.bumblebee.org.


Flowers To Plant

Spring: heathers, crocuses, primroses, comfrey, lungwort, pieris, aubretia, rhododendron, cornflower. The bees will use dense patches of heather as shelter for when the weather fluctuates unexpectedly.

Summer: indian balsam, phacalia, viper's bugloss, geraniums, aquilegia, lupins, snapdragons. Believe it or not, bees also love fruits and herbs! You can also plant raspberry, strawberry, tomato and herbs like thyme, marjoram, sage, and borage.

Fall: lavenders and salvias. Most herbs are also great for fall as the bees slowly end their cycle.


Even if you don't have a garden, you can plant these in a window container or pot! Try to avoid double-head flowers. Yes, they look nice in your garden but they don't provide pollination for the bees!


Supply Nectar For Early Queens

In the early spring, you can supply nectar for the emerging queen bees by following a mixture ratio of 30% sugar and 70% water. You can use something small like a bottle cap or spoon and leave it outside near the flowers.

Water For The Bees

A great way to attract bees to your flowers is by providing a safe spot for them to freshen up throughout the day. If you have pot trays from your indoor plants, put some stones at the bottom and put water on top. I started doing this a few days ago and the bees love it!


Avoid Insecticide

Most insecticides kill all bugs, from spiders to ladybugs. This one of the major reasons bees are now endangered! IF you really need to spray insecticide, either spray in the evening when the bees are gone or use one thats specific to the pest you're getting rid of.
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