Spring is peeking around the corner, with the warm weather and sunshine everyone is probably planning their gardens! When planning remember our friends the bees! Attracting bees will not only help our bee population but also make your garden flourish! Here is a collection of ideas and plants to help grow a bee garden even in the smallest place.
David Suzuki suggests the following plants:
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He also suggests making a bee bath out of a shallow dish with rocks and water for the bees to drink.
The honeybee conservancy suggests the following tips:
- Replace some of your lawn with flowering plants
- Select single flower plans (daisy, marigold) and not heavily hybridized varieties as they produce more nectar
- Use only natural herbicides and pesticides
- no garden? even a small rooftop or window garden is helpful to the bees!
Many retailers offer wildflower or bee mixes to augment your garden, not only are they beautiful but they will attract bee friends
Resources and information from:
David Suzuki – What you can do http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/food-and-our-planet/create-a-bee-friendly-garden/
Bees matter – http://Beesmatter.ca
Bring Back the Bees (from Honey Nut Cheerios) https://bringbackthebees.ca/
The honeybee conservancy http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/act-today/plant-a-bee-garden/
Seed retailers online:
West Coast Seeds – Plant flower seeds for bees https://www.westcoastseeds.com/garden-resources/articles-instructions/plant-flower-seeds-for-bees/
Verseys Seeds Bee feed mix Wildflowers http://www.veseys.com/ca/en/store/flowerseed/wildflowersap/beefeedmix