Feed the Bees

Spring is right around the corner!  This means it is seed starting time!  I have to admit, I not only have an addiction to chocolate, critters and hats, but to seeds!  I love harvesting seeds, buying seeds and of course, planting seeds.  We are fortunate enough to have a heated undergarage, with added grow lights for seed starting.  In February and March, we will also begin seeds in the hoop houses and greenhouse.

This year, we have an extra special seed focus – BEES!  With 20,000 Italian honey bees arriving in May, we are expanding our cottage garden and filling the Apiary with lots of bee-loving plants.

Granted, we have many food choices for our little friends, with the gardens and fruit trees, but in my opinion, there is never enough food for the bees!  You might not have a passion for becoming a bee keeper, but that does not mean you can’t help the natural bees in your area.  This Spring, when you are looking to add plants to your yard, garden or deck, here are some special requests from the bees!  (Zone 5)

Herbs: lavender, sage, catmint, cilantro, thyme, borage, fennel, bee balm, dill

Perennials:  hollyhocks, clematis, foxglove, poppy, cone flower, black-eyed susan,

Annuals: sunflowers, zinnia, clover, marigolds, geranium,

Shrubs: butterfly bushes, honeysuckle, roses, clematis, forsythia, witch hazel, weigela

Fruits & Veggies: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, fruit trees, cantaloupe, gourds, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, tomatoes

Remember, if the bees die, they are taking us with them!  Pollination is NOT something that can be outsourced!

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Bee Kind…Bee Helpful…Bee YOU!

♥Roda

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31 thoughts on “Feed the Bees

  1. Thank you for spreading the word about the need to be kind to the bees! Not everyone knows how important they are in so many ways, and how their numbers are dwindling. I love that you included a list of herbs, flowers, and other plants that attract them.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the importance of bees! One plant that we have found that has made a big difference is adding lavender. We struggled with getting the lavender to grow until we planted English Lavender (zone 5). Now we have spreading purple blooms and lots of bees! No need to be afraid of the bees. Our lavender is near a walk, but the bees don’t bother anyone walking by because they are too busy gathering. Doing our part to help the bees has turned out to be pretty easy. 😊

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