Many people are unaware that bees are simply some of the most important creatures on earth, with up to one third of all the food we eat each day relying on bee pollination. In fact, many crops we grow and consume require pollination. These include soybeans, asparagus, citrus fruit, blueberries, almonds and squash just to name a few. However, bee populations in the US are declining at unprecedented rates, and landowners are in a unique position to help these important insects by planting a variety of flowers around their land that bees love.
Important Tips – When planting flowers on your property for the benefit of bees, it’s essential to diversify and maximize the number of blooms you’re getting throughout the year. It’s also a great idea to have a variety of flower shapes ranging from flat to tubular to allow bees with different tongue sizes to access them. Also, if you have grassy areas on your land, consider replacing some of them with colorful pollinator plants. Finally, it’s imperative not to plant treated or hybridized plants. Insecticides, herbicides and pesticides are all harmful to bees, so try to keep your bee-friendly flowers chemical free and organic.
No matter what time of year you’re able to plant, here are some flowers bees love for every season:
- Pussy Willow
- Siberian Squill
Spring into Summer
- Bee Balm
Summer into Fall
Even if you don’t grow crops yourself, planting flowers such as these will be a benefit to surrounding farmers, as well as help the ecosystem and our food supply in the long run. Interested in purchasing a piece of land of your own? Visit the new UnitedCountry.com today to begin your search.