How to Help Endangered Bees in Your Garden

How to Help Endangered Bees in Your Garden

It is a well-known fact that for several years now, bees are in serious danger of extinction. This could have serious consequences for our diet at the planetary level. If you want to help the bees in your garden in your own way, here are a few things you can think about to help #savethebees!

Plant wild flowers and fruit shrubs

Wildflowers are excellent for feeding bees and giving them the nutrients they need to survive. Experts suggest planting varieties that are native to your region. Here are a few examples of helpful wild flowers and shrubs to sow in your garden:

  • Lilacs
  • Red clovers
  • Blueberries
  • Poppies
  • Blackthorns
  • Rosehips

Install a small garden pond nearby

Having a water point not far from the garden will allow bees to hydrate! By drinking the water, the bees dilute the honey that is used to feed the larvae in the hive. If your space is rather limited (if you only have a balcony, for example) you can use small plates, giving the insects an ability to drink water without the risk of drowning.

Planting organic seeds of honey plants

In your garden, try using organic seeds and sowing honey-like plants. These contain high quantities of pollen, nectar, and protein that bees use for pollination. Try to diversity your selection of plants and flowers, so that bees are spoiled for choice when pollinating! Here are some examples of flowers and plants that bees like:

  • Rosemary
  • Dahlia
  • Lavendar
  • Cosmos
  • Lilies
  • Yarrow

Additionally, it’s recommended to keep a space in your garden where you do not mow the lawn too often. A more “wild” type lawn allows flowers to develop and bees to forage at their ease.

Don’t use herbicides or pesticides in your garden

This argument goes without saying if we want to protect the bees. Pesticides and herbicides are very harmful to this species and is often the leading cause of death amongst the bee population. If bees forage on a plant that is covered in pesticides, it won’t survive. There are several more environmentally friendly alternatives when it comes to removing unwanted elements from your garden. Ask us what products we offer in-store to help!

All of these small gestures will allow you to create an environment favorable to pollination and will provide all of the elements necessary for the survival of the bees that you find in your own backyard. Don’t hesitate to inquire with us in-store for more advice on the bees and their well-beeing. See what we did there?  

Sources :

Emily Ernest

Store Manager, Port Williams NS