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Plant a BEE Tree!

Posted by schacker on May 12, 2008

Linden TreeWe call the Linden Tree the “bee tree” because bees love the fragrant nectar from these large shade trees. Honey bees and wild bees prefer the Linden flowers, so having one in your yard might draw the bees away from polluted nectar sources. You can buy one from The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Tree Trust. The Linden tree you can purchase from them is quite affordable. While you’re at it, get a membership and get 10 flowering trees free! You can feed the bees with these as well.

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Posted by schacker on May 12, 2008

Happy BeePlanting a bee garden is not hard। Just start with a variety of flowering plants, fruits, and vegetables, a diversity that will bloom throughout spring, summer, and fall. If you are in a city, use a window planter or your roof. The bees, assuming there are any left in your area, will arrive and feed on the nectar and pollen. And any garden vegetables, mints, or fruit will, in turn, be well pollinated for your efforts. Just don’t use any insecticides or herbicides! Learn how bees work with the physical and biological controls used in organic gardening.

Flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow especially attract bees, while flowers with no tubes or short tubes are easier for most bees to gather pollen and drink nectar। Daisies are good for bees, as are cosmos, zinnias, and dahlias. “Double” varieties, which have been bred to grow extra petals instead of anthers, make little nectar and so don’t generally make good flowers to plant. Plant “single” varieties only. Mints are excellent and provide leaves for sweet tea.

If many, many people create these bee oases all around their local area, a network of floral islands will flourish–an enormous help, as bees usually only fly two to three miles from their nest or hive। If people all over your state do the same, the network–and the bee population–grows. It’s not just the bees, either. Some insect pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly, migrate hundreds of miles along “nectar corridors.” They will be stopping at your pesticide-free floral island for a nectar break, along with migrating bird species. It’s organic fast food for wildlife tourists.


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