Friday, October 30, 2015
10 Ways to Help Save the Bees
Perhaps you have been toying with the idea of beekeeping but have decided it's not for you at least at this time in your life. You'd still love to help our important little friends, the honeybees. Good news! You don't have to take up beekeeping to do that! There are great ways to simply help bees and when I say simple I mean simple. Here are 10 sweet ways to help honeybees:
1. Plant a garden with flowers and vegetables.
2. Live with a few weeds in your lawn. Dandelions and clover are beautiful to bees.
3. Let a tiny corner of your property go wild.
4. Put out a bird bath or other water supply.
5. Cut back, or better yet, stop using pesticides and herbicides.
6. Buy local honey. It encourages beekeeping and we need more beekeepers!
7. Buy organic and local fruits and vegetables.
8. If you see a swarm in the spring either leave it alone or call a beekeeper.
9. Buy heirloom seeds. The chemical coating on many seeds is toxic to bees.
10. Landscape with plants native to your area.
Everything that you do to help the bees and beekeepers is helping all of us. We live in a society that has attached honeybees to our food supply in such a way that now we are actually dependent on them. When you do the things on this list you can increase the quality of your life (forget weed eating that corner and go watch the game!) but you are also helping to protect the American food supply. Kind of an important thing.
And really, who doesn't want to put out a pretty birdbath and shop at the farmer's market?
The bees and I love that you want to help!
Posted by Michelle @Pen and Hive at 6:12 AM
Michelle is a beekeeper and master gardener. She writes and speaks about beekeeping, DIY projects, and how to live your best creative life.
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