The music of humming honey bees in an organic garden is a music like no other. They bring freshness as they toil among your flowers. Honey bees play a vital role in the organic garden, especially when it comes to pollination. They assist in the pollination of fruits and berries of all varieties and also of a large number of vegetable crops. The truth is that without bees, we will be much poorer off.
The unsettling fact is that the count of honey bees have been fast declining in the recent past. It is important that you do something in your garden so that they get attracted to your garden. If you wait for them to come naturally, then there is more than an even chance you will have to wait for a much longer period of time than what would be considered feasible. The good news is that attracting bees is fairly simple and if you execute the following methods, then you will see a big swarm of bees buzzing into your garden. You will enjoy a good harvest of honey and bee-pollinated crops as well.
Stop using pesticides
You should stop or at least reduce the use of pesticides in your organic garden. Normal garden chemicals contain neonicotinoids thiacloprid along with acetamiprid. They are approved for use in the home garden and are available at most of the DIY stores and garden centers. You should read the label before buying the bottle.
Offer a place
It is a good idea to add any insect house to the organic garden. This will offer better nesting sites for insects and solitary bees. You can either make your own insect house or buy it. Whatever you do, make sure that its roof is waterproofed. You can also invest in a hotel for bees, like Big Insect Biome.
Be active in your locality
Lobby your local lawmaker and council to stop or reduce the use of pesticides in the area. It will not only benefit the local flora and fauna, it will save the taxpayer’s money too. Ask the local municipality not to cut road verges and leave the wildflowers for the benefit of wildlife. You should encourage the local groups to plant the native wildflower.
Rewild the lawn
Lawn weeds may not be always harmful. Dandelions make excellent bee plants and offer vital pollen. The honeybee is attracted to white clover. The bumblebees with longer tongues prefer the red clover. Allow the grass to grow much longer. Permit lawn to flower. Replace the lawn with a wildflower meadow.
Buy only organic
Search and exclusively buy organic plants, bulbs along with pesticide free seeds. Grow them without the use of insecticides. It is hard to get organic ornamental plants. The scarcity is due to the fact that since we do not consume them, they do not matter.
Check the shed
Be aware that it is illegal to buy or sell any pesticides containing the three neonics, thiamethoxam, imidacloprid,and clothianidin . They are banned within the EU zone. If you do find a bottle, dispose of it in a responsible manner. Consult the local authority for help if you need it.
Another way to attract bees is to plant trees in your garden. In order to get effective forage, bees need a huge number of flowers in a single location. Small trees or big shrubs are an important food source. If there are five established trees, they will generate an identical amount of nectar and pollen as equal to a meadow. Select the trees which flower during winters and in early spring. Few of the flowering trees are hazel, wild cherries, and willow.