Happy World Bee Day!
As a beekeeper and avid gardener, it is my goal to spread awareness about the significance of bees and other pollinators. Did you know that these amazing creatures pollinate 1/3 of the food we eat? Think about it…that’s one in three bites! Can you imagine life without avocados, asparagus, broccoli, peaches, berries and almonds to name a few?! If we all help just a little, think about the HUGE impact we can make together!
Here are some easy ways you can help your local pollinators thrive in your backyard…
- There are many native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees that will make safe havens for your local pollinators. Attracting pollinators to your garden is simple. By providing the right plants and trees, soon your backyard will be bursting with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. By selecting flowers that will provide blooms throughout the changing seasons, you are assisting your local pollinators to flourish year round. Remember, even if you have a small space, potted plants work well, too. And, don’t forget to use organic methods when growing your plants.
- Please allow the dandelions to flourish! The dandelion is the perfect flower. No purchase required! All you have to do is let this little wildflower grow. Dandelions are one of the first spring food sources for the bees. Please, let them live…
- Provide a shallow water source. The saucers used under garden pots work well for this. Submerge rocks half-way underwater to act as a landing pad, thus keeping your local pollinators happy and hydrated.
- Avoid the use of pesticides. These harmful chemicals kill our beneficial insect population.
- Buy local! Support pollinator friendly farmers and beekeepers buy purchasing organic produce and raw honey.
- Leave dead stumps and tree trunks for wood nesting insects.
- Allow an area of your backyard to go WILD! This natural space will provide a safe haven for many pollinators.
Just think of the amazing impact we would have if each person took one little step towards pollinator protection…
What will you do in 2020 to help your local pollinators?
Happy World Bee Day!
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