Can you believe that bees are now endangered?
You might be thinking, “Why does it even matter?”
Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat.Greenpeace
You see, bees pollinate plants.
Plants CAN’T grow and produce fruit or other foods without pollination.
Honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.Greenpeace
Grains are pollinated when the wind blows, but things like fruits, vegetables, and nuts are pollinated purely by bees.
So, the scary fact is, without the bees, we may have a seriously reduced food source.
Bees are dying off because of things like “pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more.”
But, we can help the population of bees to grow and thrive the best that they can.
How can we do this?
We can plant flowers that the bees can feed on — flowers that are fragrant to attract the bees, and full of pollen and nectar that the bees can eat.
Here are some plants you can grow to help save the bees
Lavender, Sunflowers, Black-eyed Susans, Butterfly Bushes, Buttercups, Hollyhock, Geraniums, Zinnias, and Poppies are favorite flowers of bees.
They are bright, they smell good, and they are chock full of the nectar and pollen that the bees LOVE.
Just like we LOVE to cook with herbs, bees like to chow down on some delicious herbaceous plants.
Some of those yummy herbs are thyme, cilantro, sage, and fennel.
It is definitely a bonus that if you plant these flowers and herbs for the bees, you also get to enjoy them in your garden!
Win-win, I’d say!