6 Ways Everyone Can Help the Bees


| 9/19/2013 8:09:00 AM


Tags: beekeeing, pollinators, save the bees, Melissa Caughey, Tilly's Nest, tips,

Honeybees returning to the hive

Even if you don't keep bees you can certainly help them in and around your yard. There are little steps that make a huge difference in these tiny workers' lives. In fact, it can even help your gardens and yard to grow and thrive by allowing not only the bees but other beneficial bugs, butterflies and other pollinators to safely live in their environments.

Lawns

By removing natural fields and weeds and replacing them with lush, green, weed -free lawns, we have removed vast amounts of land where honeybees thrived. If possible, allow the meadows to return. Clover is one of the honeybee's favorite flowers and it readily grows in the healthiest of lawns. Why not consider letting your lawn grow patches of clover and let it bloom?  Dandelions are also a spring time favorite of theirs too. Dandelions tell them that warmer weather is arriving. Often the dandelions are the first blooms upon which they feed after a long winter contained in their hives.

Chemicals

Whether it is herbicides or pesticides you should start reading the labels. Specifically seek out information whether or not the chemicals you are using are harmful to bees. This information is often hidden in the fine print but is required to be there by law.  Research alternative methods to battle bugs and weeds. These include white vinegar, cayenne pepper and insecticidal soaps.  Also, just because a product is organic it does not mean that it cannot harm honeybees and other pollinators.

barbm
4/8/2015 11:06:25 PM

This year I got the idea to plant broccoli in October (in big containers) and just let the head flower and go to seed. Believe it or not, my bees got a lot of pollen from a dozen or so broccoli plants all throughout the winter. Broccoli loves the cold season and since our winter was so mild here in California, they were out foraging almost every day!!! Now I have the second benefit of letting the broccoli bloom.....The seeds are almost ready and I will collect them and turn into sprouts for sandwiches!! Broccoli sprouts are some of the best flavored you'll ever taste!! Next year, it will be even more broccoli planted in October!! By the way, the bees LOVE broccoli flowers!


beehabitat
3/23/2015 10:27:35 AM

and OMG the most important part to save the bees and our future food supply, BUY ORGANIC flowers, plants, trees and shrubs. Most plants you buy from garden shops have been treated with a systemic pesticide that can last years on the plant. You cannot wash the pesticide off! Neonicotinoids are the most important item that needs to be shared as well.


nebraskadave
9/24/2013 7:01:51 PM

Melissa, great post about bees. They are really struggling in some places to survive. I don't have a desire to have or take care of bees but I do want to plant some things around my garden to their benefit which in turn will be my benefit. I listened to a podcast a few weeks ago about pollinators. I learned that many other insects are part of the pollination cycle. Butterflies were a surprise to me but when I actually thought about it the "Duh" moment hit me. Of course they pollinate. They are always around flowers. I've had to re think my whole gardening approach because of that podcast. A garden without plants to attract pollinators is just not a garden. Have a great day in the fall garden.





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