The sun is shining and the weather is warm. If you are anything like me, you would rather be outside playing in the dirt. No matter where you live, you can always find space for a few plants. Choosing the plants is another story. If I am not starting my plants from seeds, I choose plants from a greenhouse that I know is reputable. One that will not sell non-hybrid plants or plants that have neonicotinoid pesticides on them. My focus is on saving the bees.
In my previous article I mentioned that bees are being killed off by these neonicotinoids. The small concessions the government is taking will only make a dent in the problem. It’s up to all individuals to stop purchasing plants with neonicotinoid and purchase plants that encourage bees to come to your garden. Below are some bee loving plants you may want to add to your garden. It is also important to fill your garden with plants that will be beneficial to you and your family.
If you have a space for wildflowers the the bumble bee would benefit from this habitat. The loss of natural wild habitats have caused a decrease in the bumble bees. By planting wildflowers you are encouraging the population of these bees.
If you are looking to brighten your space with flowers, try adding foxglove and snowdrops, they are easy to grow. The snowdrop, flowers early in the season which is beneficial to the bee for their first source of food after a long winter. If you are wanting scent in your garden add lavender. Both bees and humans love this plant. You can harvest the lavender to create balms/salves or just dry it out for a sachet.
Planting herbs for culinary use is another bee benefit. Bee balm is good for the bees and will taste great in a salad. You can make a tea from it as well. Red clover can be used for tea (it helps with menopause symptoms) or salads. It is good for the soil, adding nitrogen to it. Speaking of a soil enhancer, comfrey is high in potassium. Making it a great compost or liquid fertilizer. It was known by the American Indians as “bone knitter”, for its medicinal properties. This plant attracts a variety bees.
Last but not least are the fruit trees. If you have a yard, planting fruit trees will not only feed the bees, but they will feed you and your family as well. By being bee conscientious you are creating bee habitats and providing beauty to your surrounding areas.