5 Ways Your Family Can Help the Bee Population
- Plant your garden so it blooms each season.
- Plant single headed blooms.
- Avoid all unnatural pesticides.
- Create DIY Bee Baths.
- Bee a family that supports pollinators.
Why We Need to Care About Bees
One out of every 3 bites of food your family eats is thanks to bees. are experiencing a run of bad luck. Between pesticides, fungus, mite infestations, industrial farming our bee friends are in trouble. According to the NRDC In some regions, up to 90% of bees have disappeared!
Bees are the most important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables? And just naming a few of favorite foods, cherries, blueberries, melon and broccoli (yes we are kinda weird we love broccoli) would be gone without bees.
A Magic Garden Guide to Help Your Family Save Pollinators
Here are the five things mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, and your whole family can do keep bees a buzzing.
- Feed Them Every Season: Plant your family garden so here are different bee friendly plants year roundto help guarantee gorgeous blooms spring, summer and fall. Here are some of our seasonal favorites to bee aware of:
- Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac bring spring blooms.
- Bees feast on, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer.
- For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that the bees will love.
- Here is our Plant Guide to get more info.
- In your family garden, single headed blooms supply the most nectar, i.e. the most food such as daisies, coneflower and marigolds, rather than double flower tops such as double inpatients. Double headed flowers are gorgeous but produce less nectar so it is more work for the bees to collect their food.
- Understand the pesticides in your yard that can hurt bees. Avoid anything un-natural in your bee garden. These pesticides can be deadly to bees, not to mention can be bad for kids to come in contact with too. Let nature do its thing, ladybugs, spiders, damsel bugs and praying mantises naturally keep pest away.
- Kids love to help the bees, so mom or grandma can help them create DIY Bee Baths. Fill a small dish, saucer or bowl with clean water. Place small stones inside break the waters surface. Make sure they are big enough, that when it rains, they are still above the water. Bees drink the water, by landing on the stones. This give them a much needed break from eating and pollinating.
- Bee vocal about helping save the bees – help spread the word, and create neighborhoods where bee flourish. There are a lot of nonprofits supporting bees and here are 6 for profit companies helping save the bees.
A Play Guide While You Save The Bees
Enjoy some honey before or after you plant. Recycle a honey jar for use in the garden. Hunt and create birds’ nests out of twigs and place them into trees.
Make this Playable:
Create a DIY Bee Hotel and paint rocks that look like bees that visit – create clay flowers that bees visit. Create bird nests with sticks, and hide them around the garden, and have the birds you have in the nests, sing songs and tell stories to each other. Check out our Bee Magic Garden
To yourself, to each other, and to the earth. That is the real magic friends