Bee Part of the Solution

I have given you the subject, give you the problem, but today I’m going to give you the solution.

I have clarified that without bees there will be no humans, bees are dying still. People have tried to pollinate plants without bees and have been unsuccessful. The good news is there are many actions that can be taken to help and restore the bee population.

Plant a bee-friendly garden. Flowers – especially ones native to your area – help feed bees and other valuable pollinators.  Native plants also oftentimes require less water and fertilizer than non-native plants.  You will be doing a huge favor to native species of bees, who have adapted over thousands of years to feed off these plants. . This will vary from place to place, but as a general rule bees don’t like red or pink nor do they like double topped flowers such as double impatiens because they produce little nectar and it’s hard to get to.

Plan for blooms season-round. Plant at least three different types of flowers to ensure blooms through as many seasons as possible, thus providing bees with a constant source of food.

Start a honeybee hive. You can directly impact the health of your local ecosystem by starting a honeybee hive.  Plus, you get the added benefits of bee products such as honey, beeswax, as well as the satisfaction and joy derived from working with a hive.  Contact your local beekeeping club for more information.

Sponsor a Hive. If you can’t start your own hive or would like to help increase the number of hives, why not help fund new hive installations? The Honeybee Conservancy is working with Bee Native to install stocked honeybee hives and provide beekeeping training to American Indian communities across the U.S.

Support your local beekeeper. Support local beekeepers who nurture their bees while providing local communities with healthy bee products including honey.

Protect bee habitat. One of the largest threats to bees is the lack of habitat due to urban sprawl.  You can volunteer to plant native vegetation such as wildflowers along roadways and other common areas, and advocate sensible limits to development where you live.

Build homes for native bees. Since many native species of bees build their nests in undisturbed land, why not keep an undisturbed plot of land for them in your garden?  Gaiam has an interesting “bee condo” for non-stinging orchard mason bees to take up residence and pollinate your garden.  The Solitary Bees site has tips on how to create spaces for your native, solitary bees.

Petition and ask the US and other countries who allow freedom of speech, etc.  to stop using the neonicotinoid pesticides: Plant bee-friendly plants such as wild flowers and flowering trees Five or six large trees can provide as much forage for bees as an acre of wild flower meadow. They also provide a single source of nectar that bees find easy to harvest.

Don’t use pesticides and herbicide on your garden plants, if at all possible.

Purchase organic foods whenever possible and ask organic farmers to stop using pesticides. Don’t support farms that do use pesticides.

Join local initiatives dedicated to helping the bee colonies.


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