The hardest workers you’ll ever find in your garden are bees and they’ll work for you for free.
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Bees are at war and the enemy is winning. “But bees sting, who wants them around?” Do you enjoy tasty food? Do you like to stop and smell the roses? Do your clothes keep you warm and covered everyday? Without bees we’d live in a totally different world. An un-recognizable world.
Thankfully, if everyone starts to become more educated and does just one thing to help, we can start to rebuild the population.
Luckily for you, you don’t have to become a beekeeper, though I hope someday I am one! There are some simple things you can do day to day though that will make a huge difference. Here are five to get you started:
- Plant bee friendly flowers and flowering herbs. Mint, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, poppies, black-eyed Susan, passion flower vine, honeysuckle, and more.
- Stop using pesticides and chemicals to treat your garden. This one is pretty obvious as these chemicals kill bees.
- Buy local honey from your farmers market.
- Purchase local and organic food from farmers in your area. By buying local your supporting your local bee population.
- Become a beekeeper! At first it may sound scary and like a lot of work, but do your research and you might learn that beekeeping can be a great hobby! And who doesn’t love fresh honey from their own backyard?
This is only the beginning friends and right now the problem continues to get worse. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get out there and save the bees!