Ways to attract bees

A few ways to attract more bees to your garden

 

Having bees, bugs, and bumble bees around help to pollinate and bring life to your tiny little garden. If you wish to grow vegetables and fruits they are essential to a good crop.

You will also be able to help the bees and help reverse their dwindling population numbers.

 

What can I do?

 

You can attract bees by planting wildflowers, fruits, vegetables and sunflowers; letting your yard grow a little wild; and providing water and shelter for bees.

 

Choosing the Right Flowers can be tough, as there are millions to choose from. It might help to look at your local garden center for things that are local to your area.

 

Planting Bee-Friendly Flowers that are native to your area Native bees will like native plants.

Include flowers of different shapes as bees come in different sizes and shapes we want to cater to them all by providing a range of flower shapes. Also it helps if you pick flowers with single petals and not closed flowers that the bees have trouble getting in and out of.

 

Bees have good color vision. Plant yellow, violet, white, blue and purple flowers these are more popular than red or orange ones.

 

Bees favor sunny spots over shade and need some shelter from strong winds so plant where bees will visit them.

 

Plant flowers that bloom in sequence & have a diversity of plants flowering all season

It is important to plant many kinds of flowers to ensure that they have a food source for as much of the year as possible.

Bees and bumble bees need to collect pollen throughout the year

 

•When the wild bees and queen bumble bees are establishing nests

•When nests are growing

•When nests are producing new queens and males

•When queens bumble bees are fattening up ready for hibernation

 

Plant flowers in clumps and rows so that the bees do not need to fly too far to find them.

 

Plant flowering vegetable and fruit plants

•Blackberries

•Cucumbers

•Gourds

•Cherry trees

•Peppers

•Pumpkins

•Squash

•Strawberries

•Watermelons

•Blue berries

•Raspberries

•Currants

•Patio Apples, pears, cherries, and plums

 

Plant herbs that attract bees

•Bee Balm

•Borage

•Coriander/Cilantro

•Fennel

•Lavender

•Mints

•Rosemary

•Sage

•Thyme

•Chives

•Basil

•Oregano

•Dill

 

Create a habitat for the bees & provide a bee shelter

 

Allow for some open, meadow-like spaces in your yard and garden

 

Leave a small brush pile and some leaves lying where they fell. Bees will use them to make a home.

Leave patches of exposed dirt that turn to mud when it rains. Some bees live underground and will thank you for access to the mud they need.

 

Dig up an area of the ground nearby to expose dirt and clay or sand the bees can use to build their nest

Buy a bumble bee nest box

 

Make a bee bath - Bees and Bumble bees in my tiny little garden often drink from the Rhubarb leaves after it rains

 

Stop using pesticides of any kind. Bees are susceptible to pesticides and other chemicals sprayed and used in gardens

 

Some cool tips:

Plants which attract bees often attract and butterflies as well.

If you see a lot of bees on a plant near where you live and you do not know what plant it is, take a small cutting or a photo of the plant and take it to your local garden center.

Honey bees usually only fly about 15 feet (4.5 meters) high but Bumble bees in the wild can fly at 10,000 feet (3,250 meters). There was even a study done by Michael Dillon, an ecologist at the University of Wyoming to show that they can fly as high as the summit of mount Everest.

 

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