Bees are essential not only because they produce delicious honey, but they also help to pollinate crops and are a crucial part of our ecosystem. There are a lot of problems that the bee population around the globe has to face, such as pesticides, which stops bees from getting a good night’s sleep. So, it’s a great idea to do whatever we can to help them out.
Some plants provide nectar that will then be turned into honey by adult bees while other plants are used as a pollen source, which is then used to feed the larvae. You could even grow plants throughout various seasons, so bees constantly have sustenance. Here is a list of bee-friendly plants for you to have in your garden.
It’s a good idea to group bee-friendly plants in one area to make it easier for them to be found. Closed blooms are a new trend and can look lovely, but they aren’t very kind to bees. Due to their closed petals, it is very difficult for bees to get to the center of the flowers. So, choose flowers with an open structure to help them out.
Deadhead flowers by removing dried up and dead flower heads of bee-friendly plants. This will give the plant more strength to focus on growing more blooms, which in turns gives the bees more food throughout the summer months.
Limited outdoor space
If you live in an apartment and do not have lots of space, there are still a host of things you can do to make it more bee-friendly. Bees don’t usually forage higher than the tree canopy, as they have no way of communicating height to their fellow bees. It is still a great idea to plant up your balcony with bee-friendly plants though, as you never know who might pay a visit.
Grow your own herbs
Planting a myriad of herbs such as, lavender, thyme, mint, or basil will not only attract and benefit bees but will also give your meals some extra flavour. What’s not to love? You can plant them in individual pots and place them around your balcony or in your external windowsill planter.
Give them a rest
Another great way to give bees and other insects a rest and some shelter is an insect hotel. Here’s a guide on how to easily build your own diy insect hotel, you can be as creative as you want to be. The little critters will thank you.
If your outdoor space is very limited, you can make use of your walls and create a vertical planter filled with bee-friendly plants. You could repurpose old wood pallets to do so.
Bees actually need water. It helps with their digestion and they also use it to dilute crystallised honey. To create a bee bath, an old terracotta pot bottom or a shallow dish is ideal. Place some small stones or rocks in the dish so the bees can relax when quenching their thirst.
If you ever come across a tired bee and notice that it’s crawling and seems too exhausted to fly, you can help it out. Mix a bit of sugar and water together to create a glucose hit. Feed it to the bee using a shallow spoon, and with any luck this will get the bee going again and give it enough strength to get back to its hive.