Planting for Pollinators: Show Bees Some Love!

As a child playing in my family’s backyard, I remember the vast amount of honeybees swarming everywhere. From my mother’s flower garden to hovering around the hummingbird feeders, bees overwhelmed the yard. At the time, I was a little afraid of these little pollinators because they could sting, (I found out later that I should be weary of the wasps and not really the honeybees). Despite being weary of them, I was always amazed at their abilities and interested in what exactly they did and how they lived.

Honeybees are one of the major plant pollinators and over the last decade, the bees have been vanishing. This strange disappearance is known as Colony Collapse Disorder and scientists are still in search for an answer as to why. Is it GMOS? Is it all the chemical humans put on crops in order to keep other insects off? Is it all due to Varroa mites? Humans and animals need the honeybee to pollinate plants in order to produce food to fill their bellies. Everything about the honeybee is nothing short of miraculous and it should be celebrated. It is of the utmost importance that each of us does our part in order to help restore the honeybee population. We all need each other in order to survive.

One of the things that you can do right at home to promote honeybees to visit your yard is plant a garden that they’ll love! Check out the list below for some plants bees will not only love, but be attracted too!

  1. Wild lilacs
  2. Calendula (marigolds)
  3. Crocus
  4. Hyacinth
  5. Echinacea
  6. Zinnias
  7. Witch Hazel
  8. Goldenrod
  9. Borage
  10. Organic fruits
  11. Organic vegetables
  12. Pansies
  13. Violets
  14. Geraniums
  15. Mums
  16. Herbs (try a variety; chives, rosemary, oregano, sage, mint, lavender, basil, etc.)
  17. AND MUCH MORE!

Make sure to plant a variety of different kinds of flowers, fruits, and vegetables! Not only will the honeybees appreciate flowers blooming in spring, summer, and fall, but other pollinators, such as butterflies, will love them too! Also remember to watch out for using pesticides and herbicides that could hinder the honeybees, as well as children and adults if ingested.

For more information on honeybees and the vast amount of things that you can do right at home to help the honeybee population, please take a moment to visit:http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/.

 

**This article is also featured inPlanting Seeds in South Carolina magazine.

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