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PLAN BEE STEP #1 – PLANT A BEE GARDEN!

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.

STEP #1 IN PLAN BEE: GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO PLANT A BEE GARDEN!

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7 Responses to “PLAN BEE STEP #1 – PLANT A BEE GARDEN!”

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  2. EMERSON AND MOM said

    WE ARE PLANTING A LARGE VARIETY (72) TYPES OF FLOWERING PLANTS IN OUR GARDENS, PLUS WE ARE PLANTING CORN TOMATOES PUMPKINS MELONS BEANS AND CARROTS. WE HAD HEARD ABOUT THE BEES, AND HOPE THIS HELPS THE BEES OUT. WE LIKE BEES. WE DON’T TOUCH THE BEES OR BOTHER THEM…WE JUST WATCH THEM WORK, AND COLLECT POLLEN.

  3. Plan to add plants to your garden that attract beneficial insects. This is one way you can avoid using pesticides on your garden. For example, plant sunflowers to attract lacewing flies, the natural enemies of aphids.

    Here is a good article about this:

    http://www.audubon.org/bird/at_home/PlantsForBeneficialInsects.html

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    Worm Composting…

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