In order for us to survive on this wonderful planet earth, we have to be the caretakers, of the key elements, namely the air, the land, the oceans, the rivers, the creeks, the plants and the animals. We cannot sustain life if we do not have clean water, clean air and healthy food to eat.
If you are in Canada, check out https://bringbackthebees.ca for free seeds to help us maintain a viable food source for bees. They are an integral part of the pollination of many fruits and vegetables that we enjoy eating and unfortunately there seems to be fewer than in the past.
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Article May 24th, 2017: METRONEWS.CA
Honey bees are hard not to love. Their rhythmic buzzing and lazy loops through the air can turn any quiet garden into a friendly worksite.
Honey bees have always been our friends, pollinating fruit and flowers alike, and beekeepers and farmers are working together to keep them healthy. Statistics show that honey bee populations in Canada are on the rise, but they need adequate food sources to continue to thrive. Here are a few things you can do to raise awareness of the needs of our buzzing, little friends, while also attracting pollinators to your yard this summer.
1. Plant pollinator-friendly flowers
One of the biggest challenges facing honey bees is a lack of nutritious food sources, as they need pollen and nectar to fuel up and feed their hives. A simple way to support pollinators and raise awareness around the topic of pollinator health is to plant pollinator-friendly flowers. Some of the best plants to grow are those that pollinators like honey bees and butterflies are used to finding in their environment, such as wildflowers like asters, daisies, calliopsis and gaillardias.
2. Diversify your garden
Since food sources dry up in the cold months, honey bees work double time during the summer to help ensure their hives are prepared for winter. To keep your local hives happy, plant a variety of flowering plants that bloom all season. Welcoming pollinators to your garden throughout the season will mean a longer blooming season for you to enjoy, too. Get started creating your pollinator-friendly green space with a Buzzing Gardens free seed packet from Bees Matter, a collection of flower seeds that bloom at different times to provide pollinators with food sources the full season.
3. Create a honey bee bath
Besides making sure you’re feeding the pollinators in your garden, you want to make sure they have a place to collect water. Honey bees use water to control the consistency of their honey, aid their digestion and cool down their hives. Adding a fountain, pond or other water source to your garden means pollinators like honey bees have everything they need when they visit.
4. Encourage your friends to plant flowers
The more flowers in your neighbourhood, the better. Encourage your family, friends, and neighbours to create pollinator-friendly havens by planting their own flowers and flowering plants. If your friends need a little extra incentive, advise them to take advantage of visiting pollinators’ services by planting edible fruit and vegetable plants.
5. Talk to your local representative about creating pollinator-friendly spaces
After you’ve conquered the yards of your family and friends, get in touch with local representatives to advocate for the planting of pollinator-friendly plants in local spaces. Cities often have an abundance of green space in need of landscaping, so encourage your municipality to use that space responsibly by planting honey-bee food sources wherever possible.
Honey bees in Canada are thriving, and we can help them continue to do so. Raising awareness of the need for readily available, nutritious food sources can help these important pollinators. Mark National Planting Week (June 5-12) this year by planting flowers that local pollinators will love.
One way you can help honey bees thrive is to order (and plant!) a free seed kit full of flowers that are nutritious to honey bees and other pollinators.