With the winter finally coming to a close I am looking forward to planting my garden and again this year I am planning a bee friendly one.
Our landlord took away my garden and filled it in with crush gravel. So I will have to do all of my bee friendly gardening this year in containers.
Why are Bees Important?
I live in Saskatchewan, the ‘Bread Basket’ of Canada. Bees are important everywhere, but in particular here because our farmers rely on them to pollinate fields.
Canada ranks first in Canola production in the world and it’s yield is dependent on insect pollinators.
Approximately 41 million kgs of honey is produced each year in Canada and over 40% of that is exported.
In general, bee’s pollinate trees, shrubs, flowers, and all the growing things that make our world beautiful.
Sadly, bee populations have been in somewhat of a decline.
How Can We Make a Difference?
There is an easy way you can help your garden, your neighbours gardens, the farmers fields and the bee population all at the same time:
Plant bee friendly plants.
Even if, like me, you don’t have a little plot to call your own you can choose to add a planter or two of bee friendly plants.
Some Bee Friendly Plants to Choose:
Angelica, Basil, Borage, Catnip, Chives, Cilantro, Comfrey, Fennel, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
Asters, Black-Eye Susans, Clematis, Clover, Cone Flower, Cosmos, Dahlias, Evening Primrose, Geraniums, Impatiens, Marigolds, Phlox, Poppies, Roses, Snapdragons, Snowdrops, Sunflowers, Zinnias
English Ivy, Strawberries
3 Other Ways to Make Your Garden Bee Friendly:
- Group Your Plants Together – This provides shelter for the insects and makes watering a cinch.
- Choose Plants That Flower Throughout the Season – There are many different species of bees in Canada. Having blooms throughout the season will support species that fly out during the later part of the season.
- Leave Out a Water Source – Not only can this be a decorative feature among your plants, but it also provides a much needed water source. Be sure to keep the water shallow and add some rocks or a ramp to keep the bees from drowning.
Want More information to create your own beautiful Bee Friendly Garden (and maybe get some free seeds?)
Bees Matter is an organization that brings together farmers, seed producers, scientists, environmentalists, we the people and others with a vested interest in the health of pollinators.
You can get a free packet of flower seeds by going to beesmatter.ca and scroll down the site until you see this sign up button:
It is seeds enough for 5 square feet of garden.
You can get more information on how Bees Matter to all of us by watching this video:
Will you be planting a bee friendly garden this year?
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