Help Save The Bees!

How You Can Help To Save The Bees!

There are many, many reasons for everyone to do their part in helping to save and revive the bee population.  Not only are the bees essential for our food supply, they produce honey, beeswax and propolis, which all have been used for centuries.  The fossil records for the honeybee dates back as far as 100 million years.  To imitate the natural choice, the hollow tree, they used ceramic pots, baskets and wooden boxes for make shift hives up until the nineteenth century, and then the “moveable frame” hive was invented.  In these modern times beeswax is used for many commercial uses as well as for many household items and uses.

Do to the many pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides that have been found evident in our beehives, we are experiencing what is called the “Colony Collapse Disorder” and putting our bees at great risk.  Today’s pesticides and insecticides are extremely potent; many are long lasting and are very toxic to our bees and to us.

What Can We Do To Make A Difference?

 1. First and foremost is educating ourselves and others on the importance of our bees!

 2. Plant Bee Friendly plants, vegetables and trees on your property or plant flower boxes, these help for food, nests, covering in harsh weather, etc…  Also it helps to  harvest  plants that bloom at different times in the year.  Here are some examples of plants, vegetables, fruits and trees that attract bees.

Annuals

Asters, Calliopsis, Clover, Marigolds, Poppies, Sunflowers, Zinnias

Perennials

Buttercups, Clematis, Cosmos, Crocuses, Dahlias, Echinacea, English Ivy, Foxglove,
Geraniums, Germander, Globe Thistle, Hollyhocks, Hyacinth, Rock Cress, Roses, Sedum, Snowdrops, Squills, Tansy, Yellow Hyssop

Garden Plants

Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Gourds, Peppers, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Squash,
Strawberries, Watermelons, Wild Garlic

Herbs

Bee Balm, Borage, Catnip, Coriander/Cilantro, Fennel, Lavender, Mints, Rosemary,
Sage, Thyme

Shrubs

Blueberry, Butterfly Bush, Button Bush, Honeysuckle, Indigo , Privet

Trees

Alder, American Holly, Basswood, Black Gum, Black Locust, Buckeyes, Catalpa,
Eastern Redbud, Fruit Trees (especially Crabapples), Golden Rain Tree, Hawthorns,
Hazels, Linden, Magnolia, Maples, Mountain Ash, Sycamore, Tulip, Poplar, Willows

3. Stop Using Pesticides, Insecticides and Fungicides.

4. Avoid seeds coated with systemic insecticides.

5. Check garden compost label to ensure there is no Clothianidin and related systemic insecticides.

6. Provide nesting sites.

7.  Create a natural environment on your property.

8. Provide a site or piece or your property for beehives

9.  Allow some of the vegetables in your garden to go to seed.

10. Support your local beehives and apiaries or start your own apiary.

If we all try to make the small changes and efforts in life we will continue to enjoy one of nature’s treasures.

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