Did you know that bees pollinate around 80% of all the world’s plants? We need to make sure that we do our part to keep our bees fed and taken care of so that we can keep our food supply up. With spring here consider planting a few of these bee-friendly plants below and help protect our bees. Without us, they might not survive. You can even go the next step and create a bee bath, which is a shallow container that has a little water and rocks or twigs for the bees to land on. They can take a drink of fresh water and move on.
Why Save The Bees?
In the last five years, around 30% of bees have disappeared. Whether it be from fungicides, or something else, their population is down. Bees are one insect that carries pollen and does a great job at pollinating flowers in the garden but also our food like apple trees, pumpkins, watermelons, tomatoes, etc. We need bees to do their job to cross-pollinate to help keep our crops thriving. So having plants in our gardens and yards help the bees to succeed!
Protect The Bees With These Plants
Bees love all the herbs so having a variety of them draws in the bees. Lavender, sage, basil, mint, thyme, are all great for bees to make a pit stop and pollinate. Plus you can also reap the benefits of using your herbs in sugar scrubs, topping your dinners and more.
Bees love to come in and pollinate on vegetables. Pretty much all vegetables are on the pollinate list for bees, so feel free to plant as many vegetables as you want. So growing a garden benefits you and your bees. Plants like melons, broccoli, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, are all great veggies to plant. Bees are attracted to these plants.
We can’t skip over fruits; they are just as inviting as the veggies if not more. Strawberries, apple trees, peach trees, blueberries, raspberries, and so many more. Pretty much any fruit plant or tree will draw in the bees. They offer that sweet fragrance, and bees can’t resist. Any tree, shrub or plant that involves fruit is a gold ticket!
Even More Plants
Let me add in even more plants that you might like to plant in your yard. These are all highly attractive to bees.
- Black Eyed Susans
- Globe Thistle
There are so many plants out there, pretty much all plants are great for bees, but the ones listed here are a few of their favorites. Just trying to stay away from pesticides is what is important, so the plants are safe for the bees to eat without dying from the chemicals.