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How to Help Honey Bees Survive The Winter


Green Lifestyle  (tags: bees, conservation, CoolStuff, eco-friendly, food, garden, green, protection, Sustainabililty, world )

Kathy
- 739 days ago - mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com
Honeybees are far and away the most important pollinator in today's agricultural landscape. They pollinate more than 400 crops worldwide, help to create about a third of the food we eat, and contribute an estimated $12 billion to our nation's food supply.



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Jason S. (57)
Friday September 7, 2012, 4:50 pm
thanks, signed
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday September 7, 2012, 4:50 pm
good posting
 

Pat B. (354)
Friday September 7, 2012, 4:54 pm
Thank you, Kathy for this.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 7:21 am
our wild hive is snug behind our big chimney as it has been for several years.
 

June M. (104)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 11:54 am
thanks Kathy for sharing this info ♥
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:16 pm
Thanks Kathy
 

John D. (45)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:21 pm
Thanks...
 

Carmen Elisa Bonilla-Jones (1)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:33 pm
Thank you for the information. I definitely will plant some late bloomers even though I live in Florida. There are cold days in December, January and February,
 

Lourdes Acevedo (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:37 pm
thanks for sharing!!
 

Mari 's (1364)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:43 pm
Noted & TY
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:53 pm
Noted and twittered. Fantastic little critters.
 

Clifton Jackson (124)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:55 pm
Help save the Bee's! We need them!!! Signed!!!
 

Linda Wallace (24)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 1:14 pm
Thank you. Good ideas.
 

SANDRA G. (1)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 3:12 pm
Help save the Bee's! We need them!!! Signed!!!
 

Quinton Smith (40)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 3:57 pm
I am a beekeeper here are some things a non-beekeeper can do to help the the bees plant flowers like goldenrod an sun flowers that the bees can use for food in fall to store in winter cut back or stop using pesticides in your yards hang a humming bird feeder or two with sugar water in it for the bees take up beekeeping as a hobby or just put a hive in your yard what we need are more hobbles beekeepers so if you like honey then beekeeping is for you because the best honey only comes from your own hives not from the so called food store. If you want more tips on helping the honey bee feel free to email me here at care2. =^..^=
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 4:24 pm
Thanks for this article. Even though the hummingbirds will be leaving post haste, I'll leave their feeders up for awhile so the bees can enjoy the sugar water also.
 

Julie P. (148)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 5:36 pm
All bees are important and the most vital action you can take is to ban all pesticides from your property.

Many plants in southern Ontario have bloomed weeks earlier this year than they did a mere few years ago. Some goldenrod started by the end of July and my asters are already starting. Deadheading some re-blooming plants, while letting others go to seed, will help extend some sources of pollen and nectar, in addition to planting other late bloomers.

Plants which have been modified through cultivation may be poorer sources of nutrition for pollinators. Native plants are the most beneficial for all types of bees. Don't over tidy the yard for the winter, as many native bees need overwintering sites underground, and also use old tree stumps, leaf litter, undisturbed open ground etc. Here's a good link on providing nesting sites for bees:

http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/agroforestrynotes34-bee_nests1.pdf

Many weeds, like clover and dandelion, are also good sources of nutrition for bees.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:26 pm
bees LOVE lavendar! You can make tea, cookies, all sorts of goodies from the flowers. I harvest them after the flowering and make sachets...just a two pieces of fabric sewed together and stuffed with lavendar...mmmm!
 

John B. (215)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:45 pm
Thanks Kathy for the link to the petiion. Signed and noted.
 

Christeen Anderson (489)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 8:57 pm
Thanks for this information. Honeybees are all good.
 

Marie W. (65)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 10:10 pm
Planting
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 10:23 pm
The bees must love me-I have over an acre of every kind of wildflower that grows native to this part of the country-the meadow is blooming like crazy and has been since spring and will thru fall and into winter if it is mild. Have lots of clover, bluets, violets, dandelions and more all through the yard all spring and summer and regular flower beds all around the house. No pesticides EVER get used any where on the property. A friend is going to move one of his beehives to my property this fall to help more survive the idiots that insist on using pesticides. Thanks for the helpful info.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 10:24 pm
It has really sadden me that I've been noticing that their has been less bees the past couple of years.. I plant all sorts of veggies, fruits and flowers to help them to have pollen. I will try some more of the suggestions that the article. Thanks Kathy
 

Angela Gottschalk (0)
Monday September 10, 2012, 1:17 am
Good,I'll do all I can
 

Azaima A. (219)
Monday September 10, 2012, 5:22 am
thanks
 

Ruth S. (307)
Monday September 10, 2012, 6:10 am
Anything to help these little creatures out.
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Monday September 10, 2012, 8:40 pm
Thank you. Excellent article.
 
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