Squashes, peppers, melons, berries, and over 100 more fruits and vegetables require bees for pollination. How can you attract more bees to your garden? Here are some tips:
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Tips to attract more bees to your garden
- Include native plants in your garden or landscape.
Wild bees are attracted to the wildflowers native to their region. If you are not familiar with your area’s native plants, do some online research or send an email to your local master gardeners’ group.
- Plant flowers of different colors.
Believe it or not, bees have incredible color vision. They prefer blue, purple, white, and yellow flowers over other colors. My favorites are lavender, calendula, and sunflowers. Here is a fantastic heirloom sunflower seed pack.
- Avoid pesticides.
Most chemicals harm or kill bees. If you must use some sort of pest control, sulfur and garlic are safer alternatives. Using cedar as one of your building materials helps repel pests. (My list of recommended planters includes an adorable rail top planter made of cedar!)
- Provide shelter.
Weather can be harsh. Give your bees a place to retreat from rain and wind. This bee house from Amazon is an ADORABLE addition to your outdoor space.
Good luck keeping your plants buzzing!
How can you attract more bees to your garden? Here are some tips:
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