You can naturally attract bees to your neck of the woods, if have the ability to grow wildflowers like this. About three years ago, Whole Foods put out a cute video on the subject if you want to watch it, called Give Bees a Chance. The bee population was dwindling, because of a variety of factors, and many realized we were so concerned with keeping bees away from us, that we actually were beginning to harm them. It was time to naturally attract bees in our gardens, and honestly, still is, given the fact that pesticides are commonly used even in the country.
What is Colony Collapse Disorder?
As stated in the video, several years ago, the bee population was on the decline. The problem, termed Colony Collapse Disorder, reflects in the problem where a bee hive literally dies due to the disappearance of adult bees. In the world of bees, the adults feed the queen, and her babies with essentially no food. The bee colony dies as a result.
There are several factors which have created the disorder in the world’s bee hives, however, the primary concern has been around the neonicotinoids, which create a toxic environment for pollinators. There is still a lot of research going on about these little parasites, and the effect of pesticides on bees and the Colony Collapse Disorder, which you can read about here.
What can you do to naturally attract bees to your garden?
- While none of us can do much about Colony Collapse Disorder, except not use pesticides, we can do other things to encourage bee attraction, which encourages our bees to live and thrive.
- Place a shallow dish of sugar, honey, or other natural sweetener mixed with water, in your garden to attract bees.
- Plant as many wildflowers and other natural flowering plants or bushes in or near your garden as possible.
- Stick to organic gardening, and avoid all pesticides which create problems in the bee gene pool.
- There are bee houses like the one here, which you can hang nearby to entice bees.
- If you are like us and have a natural habitat of wildflowers in your yard or property, don’t mow them down, as long as they continue to bloom. Post a sign like Saving the Bees, No Mow Zone. 😉 or make an attractive fence for those who think you should mow.
- Support natural sustainability, even in your gardening…keep God’s natural environment whenever possible, including the soil, water, seeds, and other natural sources.
- Leave a small pile of logs and other leave debris in one area of your garden and ensuring there is mud.
When I first came to understand this disease, I really became an organic activist. You know, God created our world thousands of years ago, and we all know that He did not include chemical pesticides to promote further growth. I look at it this way, my natural habitat around my home may not be what my neighbors view as pruned and pristine, but I guarantee you that my wildflowers promote enough bee food for the street we live on…it is our own Garden of Eden.:-)