6 Ways to Make a Buzzing Garden This Spring

      • Don't use pesticides! Chemicals like pesticides and insecticides can kill your bees. We rely on bees to do our pollinating and we should treat them with respect. When possible, try to hand-pick (or use natural solutions) for pest and weed control.

      • Plant LOTS of flowers: bees use flowers to get sugar and proteins from the nectar and pollen in the flowers. These are necessary for them to grow into healthy and buzzing bees! It is important to choose a variety of plants that bloom at different times so there is always some food available. It is great to plan for blooms all season long.
        • Some bee friendly plants here in the midwest are: Oregano, Anise Hyssop, Lavender, Catmint, Viper's Bugloss, Calvia, Borage, and Dahlias!
      • Provide shelter for the bees. It is good to have a home for the bees away from foot traffic. Consider a hive box and sit in in a sunny location on the edge of your lawn! Make sure this area is uncultivated as well. Some bees need access to soil or mud for nesting.
      • Appreciate the beauty of weeds– Dandelions, clovers, loosestrife, milkweed, goldenrod and other flowering weeds are very important food sources for bees. In areas filled with green sprawling lawns, dandelions and clovers are vital plants for a bees survival. Let them grow and flower in your yard and you will soon have your own personal honeybee sanctuary. The next time you see a dandelion going to seed, grab it, blow those seeds around and feel good knowing you are doing your part to help save the bees. It can’t be more simple than that!
      • Create a bee path to water: Bees need a place to get fresh, clean water. Fill a shallow container of water with pebbles or twigs for the bees to land on while drinking. Make sure to maintain the container full of fresh water to ensure that they know they can return to the same spot every day in your bee garden.
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