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4 Ways to Help Bees in Your Garden

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4 Ways to Help Bees in Your Garden

Scientists call it the mystery of the vanishing bees; here’s how to help solve the problem.

With bumblebee populations on the decline in the United States and honeybees prone to a perplexing phenomenon called colony collapse disorder, the search for answers is on. Researchers say the pollinators’ problem could be pesticides, or a virus, or the fact that because of land development, there are fewer flowers in the world. That last one is something we can help fix, in our own gardens. Here are a few ways, including flowers to plant, to start helping the bees.

Above: Bees go after anything in bloom, but are particularly drawn to white, yellow, and blue; they see a color called “bee ultraviolet” that guides them to nectar. Lavender is intoxicating to bees (to us, as well). Lavandula angustifolia ‘Violet Intrigue’ has long-lasting blooms; $15.95 at White Flower Farm. Image via Centsational.

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2:43PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

thanks for sharing

11:59AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Thanks

4:07PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:14AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

When bees disappear so will mankind.Our food will not be pollinated.Please save our bees.

5:33PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Thank you for this interesting article.

11:58AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I am always interested in ways to get those bees in my garden. Unfortunately, I seem to get a lots of wasps as well.

11:32PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Thanks for these tips

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Another plant the bees love is catnip and cat mint, the flowers certainly bring many bees as well as the ones mentioned. Have a horde of veggies, herbs and other flowers on my balcony and there are always bees paying me a visit. Good to see.

11:39PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

I have planted a row of heather plants and the honey bees here love the flowers. So glad I planted them.

7:04AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thanks.

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