How can WE BEE helpful?
It’s not rocket science it’s just awareness – simplicity itself – what you rather Bee Dead or Bee Alive – personally l think l would prefer living bees to dead bees and the bees probably agree with me!
Plant more BEE friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden – With the loss of nesting and foraging habitat due to intensive monocultural agricultural practices and the ever increasing and rising suburbanization driven society pressures demanding more housing – natural landscapes are fast disappearing. You can alter things by planting flowers into your garden. Plant bloom heavy as Bees love forage volume and plant for the seasons that the pollinators are most active – as in early spring to late summer. Plan your flowering crops effectively;
Lilacs, Lavenders’, Sages, Verbena, Wisteria, Mints, Squashes, Tomatoes, Sunflowers, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Red Clover, Cornflowers, Honeysuckle, Buddleia, Foxglove, Poppy, Fuchsia, Alliums, Daffodils …
Flowers to avoid are; Pansies, Begonias, and Petunias – they may look pretty and nice to look at but add very little value to pollination populations. However, this is not to avoid having an ornamental garden, purely to introduce more Bee friendly environments to co-exist alongside.
BEE Weed Friendly – Got to get rid of the weeds!! Not necessarily – spare a thought to the Bees with regards the likes of clovers and dandelions and some wildflowers which could be classed as weeds. Don’t be so disciplined to the lawn; let it breathe a little longer on the wild side. Allow many plants to bloom first and then pull before it goes to seed. Every little bit helps.
DON’T use pesticides or chemicals in your garden – think organically!
Provide a BEE basin – its thirsty work when you are ‘pollen’ all day! Bees drink too, and water on tap is always appreciated.
Buy local organic food and this includes raw honey! Keep a look out for farmer’s markets and support them rather than supporting monoculture practices. Support ecological farming.
What you rather BEE or a wasp? Learn the difference between the species and don’t lash out at a friendly! Bees are vegetarians unlike wasps who are carnivores! When the BEE loses its sting it loses its life, however when a wasp stings – it goes onto sting another day!!
This is my Bee Hotel – l constructed it using pallets and bracken and logs last summer, it is currently going through its first winter with residents inside.
THINK BEE! Help to raise awareness to the plight and decline of the pollinators!
NO ONE IS EVER too small to make a difference!
Rory Matier – The Tee Shirt Blogger