What You Can Do to Help Bees and Other Pollinators

Bees love St John's Wort and Vervain
Bees love St John’s Wort and Vervain

It seems crazy to be talking about pollinators as another Polar Vortex hits Minnesota, but I really liked the below post on “10 things You Can Do To Help Bees.”  Also, the thought of flowers makes us happy!! I consider myself a pollinator plant gardener and get enormous joy from the birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife that love my chemical free plants and yard. Bees are important for the survival of many of our foods and flowers, and the drastic decline of our bees and butterflies can be blamed on many things, but habitat loss from droughts and floods; pesticide use; and the mono culture that has been created with our corn and soybean culture are three of the top concerns.  All of us can do better for our bees and butterflies.  See what you can do.

What can you do for pollinators?

1. Plant bee-friendly plants.  A few of my favorites that bees also love are chives, Anise Hyssop, bee balm (Menardia), golden rod, and asters.  Do not purchase plants at Lowes or Home Depot. They may contain hidden pollinator killing chemicals.  Find native plants for your area: http://findnativeplants.com/
 
2. Dandelions and clover are good for pollinators and bring many pollinators into your yard. Both bees and monarch butterflies love dandelions!
 

3. Don’t use chemicals or pesticides on your lawn or garden, and never use the Neonicotinoid pesticide.

4. Purchase organic food and local raw honey

A new book by Heather Holm
A new book by
Heather Holm

See the link below for the remainder of the list:

http://www.queenofthesun.com/get-involved/10-things-you-can-do-to-help-bees/

http://www.ecosystemgardening.com/top-10-herbaceous-plants-to-attract-wildlife-to-your-ecosystem-garden.html

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