Bees are a buzzing topic at the moment and people are learning how important they are to the environment. A question you may soon ask yourself, “how can I help bees?”
One of the easiest ways that you and I can help bees is by planting bee-friendly gardens, full of flowers that bees love to feed from. Bees need food, so they can help pollinate our food.
Bees will forage on these flowers for nectar and pollen, which provide carbohydrates and protein for growth and energy. Well-nourished bees are more capable of fending off disease and parasites.
The best flowers are wildflowers, which are naturally organic. They are not susceptible to bugs or diseases, can help control garden pests, and they attract bees and beneficial insects into the garden.
You can buy bee-friendly wildflower seed mixes in our online shop.
A guide to planting honey bees’ favourite plants and flowers can be found here. You can also visit Trees for Bees NZ for more information.
Another way you can be bee-friendly is by not spraying your garden when plants are in flower or bees are present. It is also best to spray early in the morning or at sunset. To read more about protecting bees from pesticide use, click here.
You can also provide fresh, pesticide-free drinking water for bees. If you fill a saucepan of water, put pebbles or twigs in the water for bees to rest on while they drink.
There are lots of ways that you can help bees continue to do their vitally important work from the comfort of your own garden.
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