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How-To: Save the Honeybees

Over the last couple of years, honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Seeing as the buzzing creatures are responsible for pollinating many of our nation's crops, including a wide range of fruits and vegetables, their disappearance is a crisis. According to Zac Browning, VP of the American Beekeeping Federation, “Every third bite we consume in our diet is dependent on a honeybee to pollinate that food." It's not all out of our hands, though. There are actually a few things you — yes, you — can do about it. It all has to do with growing bee-friendly flowers in your garden, windowsill, or your community park. To learn a few of these tips,

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  • This one may sound like a big fat DUH, but, don't use pesticides! Pesticides kill insects.
  • Plant nectar and pollen-producing flowers. Try geraniums, iris, foxglove, cosmos, zinnias, snowdrops, sunflowers, dahlias, asters, marigolds, hyacinths, crocuses, daisies, marigolds, daffodils, tulips, valerian, or catmint.
  • Since bees can see ultraviolet, colors like blue, purple, orange, and yellow are more attractive to them, but they cannot see red. So, plant flowers based on those colors as a guide.
  • Grow flowers that bloom over a range of seasons. This way, there will be food for the bees year-round.
  • Plant large patches of flowers in close proximity to one another.
  • Also, planting 10 or more species of plants will attract the largest number of bees.

Read more of my posts about bees here!
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Home Home 8 years
I know you can order bees online for bee-keeping. But I'm not sure they're sold just to "have around." I'll look into it!
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 8 years
I started a garden of plants (72)in one of this Jiffy seedling containers, not to mention I already have a few flowering plants in my yard. I would really like some bees around! Do you know if I can order bees online? That might sound dumb but you can order crickets, ladybugs, butterflies, etc, online...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great ideas, thanks Casa!
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