DIY Bee Garden to Save the Bees

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Yesterday I made planter boxes for the bees!???????

 

Why? You might ask. Well, over the past few years there has been a severe decrease in the honeybee population. Scientists estimate that nearly one-third of all honey bee colonies in the United States have vanished. The number of hives in the United States is now at its lowest point in the past 50 years (nrdc.org). Bees are extremely vital to our ecosystem. More than $15 billion in U.S. crops are pollinated by bees every year. These include (but are not limited to): apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, alfalfa, and almonds. U.S. honey bees also produce about $150 million in honey annually. BUT, fewer bees means that the economy will take a major hit: the global economic cost of bee decline, including lower crop yields and increased production costs, has been estimated at as high as $5.7 billion per year?. Preserving the bee population is critical for keeping American tables stocked with high-quality produce and our agriculture sector running smoothly.The good news is that you can make a garden for the honeybees just as easily as I did. This website has some awesome tips on different species of flowers that bees love. I used:

 

  • Catmint
  • Snapdragons
  • Portulaca
  • Bee balm
  • Marigolds
  • Cosmos

 

Please please PLEASE consider constructing a garden to benefit the bees this summer and comment below any suggestions you have for me to help the bees! 🙂

 

Namaste,
Mel??

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