Growing your garden with bumblebees
As a child, I was always fascinated with bees because there would be times during certain times of the year especially the spring and summer months when I would see bees by the hundreds it seems that would be buzzing around trees and other garden plants.
I always wondered why they were congregating in such a huge mass around these plants, now I know why, without our little friend’s presence and being so active in our gardens our garden plants would not be so productive giving us such a great harvest.
Bumblebees in the garden
This is a good tread off and a win-win situation both for us and our bee friends. Bumblebees need nectar and pollen to develop their larva. Besides these bees also needs a home throughout their life-cycle and to build their nest also to take care of their young.
While all of this is going on our busy friends are pollinating our garden plants which is a bonus for us.
How to garden for bumblebees
Life without bees
What would life be without bees, now I know there are some bees (The African Bees) that have given a negative outlook on bees because of the many damages they cause including the loss of lives both of humans and animals.
But the good news is as we discussed earlier the bumblebee makes a great contribution by pollinating our garden plants. In fact, in the honey industry, millions of dollars are made every year employing thousands of people so in a big way our small buzzing friends are making a Big Difference.
How to attract bumblebees to your garden
Since bees are the life so to speak of garden plants the question is how to attract them to your garden so your garden can grow or to pollinate your garden plant?
Here are ways to attract bumblebees to your garden to make your garden the talk of the neighborhood.
Tips for attracting bumblebees in your garden.
1. Install bumblebee boxes. These boxes are square about 15-26 inches in diameter. With 2 holes for ventilation, cover the ventilation with a netting material that will keep insects such as ants out.
These boxes also have entrance and exit holes for bees. Also, cover the boxes with a material that will keep the nest dry.
2. Limit the use of pesticides. While gardens with pesticides are of good use to eliminate garden insect pests the bad news is these insecticides can have a negative effect on bumblebees.
Trying using environmentally friendly pesticides or what about gardening without pesticides. This is a safe approach to protecting bumblebees.
3. Providing a dump or muddy area will provide water for bees to drink.
4. Another water source alternative is to add a shallow pan with water to your garden area along with pebbles and a few twigs. This provides the best watering hole and is also a good resting place for bees.
5. Plant flowers that are native to your area.
6. Plant flowering fruits.
7. Planting flowering vegetables
8. Plant herbs that attract bees such as sage, lemon balm, basil, lavender, chives, etc…
9. Plant flowers that grow in sequence.
10. Plant a colorful garden. Bees are attracted to colors such as yellow, blue, and purple flowers so don’t forget to add these colors to your garden.
11. Planting flowers in clusters will attract more of our bee friends than single plants.
12. Areas with dry grasses along with a small brush pile and deadwood would make an ideal spot for bumblebee’s habitat.
The final word
Bumblebees are our friends they are hard at work ensuring that our garden plants perform at their best, so let’s do our part by providing a home of them this is a great way to give nature a helping hand and also to provide a means for your garden plants being pollinated.
This is a trade-off and a win-win situation both for you and your bee friends. With that said let’s get started on that bee garden and reap a good harvest. What are you waiting on let’s get buzzy?