Bee kind to the bees

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

389137_595130147188643_496305089_nWe need bees and honey is just a byproduct. We need honey bees, and other bees and pollinators, for our crops to produce. Without bees no food. It is as simple as that.

But the bees also need us and now more than ever.

They need us to provide nectar plants for them, especially in the form of wild flowers and not just crops that we want them to pollinate.

Too much of the natural habitat has been destroyed and meadows with wild flowers have nearly become a thing of the past due to the overuse of herbicides on farms.

Therefore it is up to us, all of us, to feed the bees and plant the flowers that will do this and at the same time attract them to our vegetable gardens to pollinate the crops.

Do them a favor and plant a patch of wildflower, annual or perennial, even in a large tub or such, and also add some other flowering plants and flowers to your garden, even if you just grow veggies, to attract the bees and to feed them. Ideally those flowers should be nectar-rich.

There are resources all over the Internet that will advise you are to the flowers, wild and cultivars, that are right for bees and especially for your area.

Let's all give the bees a helping hand. They sure need one.

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