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How to Attract Honey Bees

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How to Attract Honey Bees

Josephine Amalie Paysen

Josephine Amalie Paysen

Josephine Amalie Paysen

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Do you like the idea of having bees, but don’t want to commit to owning a whole artificial hive? Well, doing so may be easier to accomplish than you think! There are many ways to attract honey bees without making a huge investment.

First off, why would you want to attract bees to your garden? Bees play an important role in ecosystems through pollination. Pollination occurs when bees transfer pollen, caught in the fuzz on their bodies, from flower to flower, where it fertilizes flower growth. Good pollination makes it so plants can yield healthy fruits and seeds. Crops like cherries and blueberries rely almost entirely on pollination to blossom. Pollinating bees play an important economic role too, by helping to sustain agricultural production. Unfortunately, due to genetically modified crops, more advanced and more widespread pesticides, and a rapidly changing climate, bees have been taking it rough — and colonies are disappearing. Without these pollinators, many plants and food crops would die off.

So what can be done to help on a small, local level? By planting certain kinds of flowers in your yard or garden, you can provide an essential habitat for honey bees. Some of these plants include lavender, sage, rosemary, sunflowers, coneflowers, rosebuds, lamb’s ear, black-eyed Susans, and oregano. In big-picture terms, it’s good to plant native plants (they’re adapted to your climate and local growing conditions — it’s also good to plant flowers with open blooms for easier access), heirloom plants (hybridization can cause plants to have showier blooms, but that doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily the best for a healthy garden ecosystem), herbs, and, if you want to be more ambitious, fruits and vegetables.

If you’ve wanted to own bees at some point, this is a great way to test out whether or not it’s the thing for you. The reasons for doing it are worthwhile and it’s rewarding to feel like you’re making a positive difference, even if it’s just by planting a flower.

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