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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Attracting bees to your backyard

If you garden, it's very important that you attract bees and other polinators to your garden. If your plants do not get polinated, you will have flowers but no fruits or vegetables. While it's very pretty, it doesn't stock the shelves.

One way to attract bees to your backyard is to plant the types of plants they like. Here are a few examples of plants that bees really like and are good sources of pollen and nectar.

1. Basil
2. Rosemary
3. Marjoram
4. Globe thistle
5. English lavendar
6. Zinnias
7. Wallflowers
8. Lupine
9. Black eyed susan
10. Asters
11. Sunflowers
12. Blueberry
13. Lilac
14. Bee balm

Bees particularly seem to like purple, blue or yellow flowers. Bees also need to have a source of water. You can use a shallow birdbath for this if you like. They also need a place to live so if you have a fallen tree or large branch, consider leaving it there. A compost pile can also serve this purpose but I'm not sure you'd want a bee hive in your compost pile.

Don't use pesticides in your gardens if you hope to attract bees. You'll kill off the good bugs as well as the bad bugs. Plant a variety of different flowers in clumps instead of single flowers here and there. Bees like sunny spots with some protection from wind. Try to have some plants flowering in each season.

3 comments:

Kymber said...

Great Post Overworked Mom as it is so important to have bees if you garden! Another flower that attracts bees up here in Ontario is Borage - and strangely enough it is a blue flower too!

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Thanks, Kymber. I haven't tried Borage yet. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it!

Kymber said...

Strangely enough - some borage popped up in our yard last spring/summer and i had never seen it before. i spent a while on google images typing in "blue star-shaped flowers" and "blue flowers that attract bees" before i found the image that was borage.
(anyway - here is a link to an image of borage for you - it is really beautiful:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_KOANLi2W44U/RyiFkKxHeMI/AAAAAAAAFqw/4jtGYJW4hHQ/s400/borage+flowers.JPG)

the one kinda' sad thing that is just a part of the cycle of life i guess - is that once the frost starting coming regularly...everyday i would find little frozen bees hanging off of the blue flowers...it was like they chose that particular flower to die on..or clung to when they were dying...it broke my heart everyday to find them like that but just a part of the cycle of life eh?

wanna hear something totally crazy? i buried and had a little service for every one of those bees!

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