The Importance Of Bees In The Vegetable GardenBees, and other pollinators, are the lifeblood of the vegetable garden. Bees are one of the hardest working pollinators in nature - a single bee can virtually pollinate a small garden in one visit. Without bees, pollination rates will drop significantly, resulting in fewer vegetables from the garden. The vegetable gardener will then need to perform hand pollination, which can work, but does not have as high a success rate as natural pollination. Not only are bees important to vegetable gardeners, but they are important for sustaining crop supplies. Without these pollinators, growing crops for human consumption, feed for livestock, and the entire agricultural cycle would be affected by their disappearance.
How Vegetable Gardeners Can Help Support BeesAlthough there is not much the average vegetable gardener can do against an insect disease, or the urbanization of man, there are some steps that gardeners can take to help support bee populations. Every little bit helps to save our best garden pollinator.
- Do not use chemical pesticides - Try to use more targeted, organic solutions to particular pests in the vegetable garden and around the home. If you use chemical, broad spectrum pesticides then remember it will kill bees as well. Try to find ways to deter pests instead of something to kill them.
- Plant flowers that attract bees - A bee's vision is in ultra-violet colors, so plant flowers that are yellow, blue, or red. Plants that are great for attracting bees are anise hyssop, bee balm, or asters. Plant the flowers in clumps to make it easier for the bees to recognize, and make sure they are in a sunny spot.
- Provide bees a habitat - A stable and secure habitat is crucial for bees to live. You can support wood-nesting bees by purchasing an inexpensive Bee House.
Attract Bees To Your Vegetable Garden!
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