Starting a Bee Garden
Bees are essential for the growth of any plants or flowers; the primary job of bees is to be pollinate flowers for their continued growth.
But did you know that some gardeners are starting bee gardens to attract more bees? Bees are also helpful when it comes to the growth of fruits and vegetables too.
In this blog, we are going to examine how to start your bee garden. It’s not very hard to do, and these easy steps can help you get started.
First off, you need to create a habitat that will attract bees. You might think bees would be invited to a nice yard and some will be, but the best way to attract bees is to create a bee habitat which includes: a small brush pile, areas with dry grasses and reeds, and dead wood.
Also, a little muddy area might help too. The next thing you can do to attract bees is to have a diverse garden. Bees like all kinds of plants and flowers and your garden is more likely to attract bees if you have different types of plants and flowers in your garden for them to pollinate.
One way you can create diversity in your garden is to plant wildflowers and native species- meaning, plant flowers that may be native to your state or region. For instance, if you live in the South, you know one of your native species that grow around the Southeast is azaleas.
So to attract more bees, you might want to plant azaleas or whatever else that may be native to your region.
Single flowers or flowers that have one ring of petals seem to attract bees the most; reason being is that provide more nectar and pollen than other flowers. It is also difficult for bees to reach the inner part of the flower if it is double ring making it difficult for them to pollinate.
Another thing that attracts bees is a splash of color. Blue, purple, yellow flowers seem to be the favorite bees colors to look for flowers like Queen Ann’s Lace, violets, daisies and lavender to plant in your garden and watch the bees buzz your way.
While all of these things attract bees, let me tell you what will run them away: pesticides. Pesticides of any kind, even the ones that are organic, can scare bees away and can be toxic too.
For some of you, I know you can’t help but to use pesticides to get rid of those nasty bugs and insects that might hurt your garden, but if you can find a better way to solve that problem, please do if you want to continue to attract bees.
If all of these ideas don’t attract them or doesn’t attract them enough, you can always become an amateur beekeeper. It may be a little extreme, to be honest, but if you are serious about your bee garden, you may want to try this just in case the suggestions we discuss here today doesn’t work.
Bees for some reason, also like water so maybe you can put in your yard a little water close to your flowers so the bees will have something to drink so to speak after they finish visiting your garden.
Starting a bee garden is a good idea on many fronts. They help pollinate your flowers, which means your flowers and plants will continue to be nice and healthy. You are also providing a service and haven for them to enjoy, but most importantly, you are helping the environment which is probably the most important thing of all. We need bees, and they need us too.