If you love bees as much as we do here at Anna's Honey, you want to know how you can help protect them.
Are you starting to wonder, "How do honey bees impact my daily life?" The answer is, pretty significantly. The National Honey Board reports that, "about one-third of the U.S. diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants and honey bees are responsible for an impressive 80 percent of that process."
Take a look at the list below and pick one action that will help the honey bees today!
Plant a bee-friendly flower garden
Bee-friendly flowers include: Sunflowers, calendulas, poppies, geraniums and crocus. Discover more bee-friendly flowers and herbs from this list provided by the National Honey Board.
Add a bee bath to your patio or garden
Similar to bird baths, a shallow bowl of water will offer a refreshing drink to busy working bees. Place rocks in the dish to give bees a place to land and rest while they drink.
Use fewer pesticides on your lawn and garden
Some pesticides can be toxic for bees. Avoid gardening products that contain the chemical neonicotinoids (neonics). The Center For Food Safety has a convenient list of products to avoid available here.
Build a bee home
Make holes in a dead tree for bees to shelter and nest in. Instructions on how to build a ‘Bee Condo’ are available here.
Support an organization that protects bees
Give a donation or volunteer your time with a group dedicated to preserving the health of honey bees.
What are you doing to help the bees? Tell us in the comments below.