I haven’t posted much about bees or beekeeping on the blog and if you didn’t know I am a beekeeper and passionate about saving and keeping our little furry friends alive.
Becoming a beekeeper might not be something people want to jump headfirst into, but if you want to help bees there are many easy ways to do so. Today I am sharing with you five easy ways to help bees for the five things link-up with The World Around Her and Little Miss Mama. It was hard to narrow this list down to only 5 so I may be back with some additional ways soon… but for now here are the most simple ones:
1. Plant a Varied Selection of Flowers. Our pollinators need food throughout the growing season, so make sure to plant a range of plants and flowers that will bloom at various times. Bees are looking for 2 things when they visit your plants: Nectar – a bee’s main source of energy, and Pollen – which provides proteins and fats. Here’s a great list of both native and garden plants that bees love.
2. Give Bees Some Water. Wouldn’t you be thirsty doing all that hard work too!? Provide them with a drink in a bird bath or shallow bowl. Add some peddles or rocks so they can easily climb in and out and make sure you change out the water about every 3 days to not attract mosquitos.
3. Go Natural. Avoid insecticides as they are deadly to many bees and other insects. If you have to spray make sure to check the label or make your own. We have been using Neem spray ourselves. This article provides you with 10 all-natural and inexpensive options to make your own.
4. Eat Lots of Local Honey. This is an easy one. Did you know that most commercial honey on supermarket shelves comes from China and Argentina? Yup. And it is heated to high temperatures to delay crystallization (a natural process where the honey gets solid and ‘crunchy’ but is unchanged in quality) and forced through micro filters to remove every trace of pollen and propolis, substances which may have beneficial health benefits. Buying local honey not only helps your local beekeeper stay in business but also gives you the best and tastiest honey. Local honey is made local (of course) and the bees feed from local sources, which many people feel can help with allergies. Honey is a wonderful sweetener in baking and cooking too!
5. Teach Your Kids, Grandkids & Friends About Bees. Beekeeping is fascinating. Honeybees have been on this earth for about 25 million years and are ideally adapted to their natural environment. Without honeybees the environment would be dramatically diminished. My father and I started beekeeping together about 5 years ago and on every occasion I tell people about bees. I am pictured above with my niece after I went into her classroom and gave a discussion about bees. The kids were excited about learning about them and how important they are in the environment.
Please try to incorporate these ways into your daily lives and the bees will buzz on by to thank you 🙂