Bee Gardens

bee gardens

As bee gardens and gardeners, we know that pollinators such as bees are essential for the success of our gardens. Without honey bees, many plants would not be able to produce fruit or vegetables, and our harvests would suffer greatly. But did you know that by selecting certain plants in your garden, you can attract more bees and increase their presence?

Adding Bee Hives

Supplies you will need to have on hand.

Bee Suit with Glove and Bee Hive Tool, Beekeeping Suit for Women/Men, Professional Beekeeper Suit, Beekeeping Smock Protective Suit

Beehive Starter Kit 10-Frame Bee Boxes and Frames Starter Kit Wax Coated Bee Hives and Supplies Starter Kit Including Beekeepig Tools Kit with Beekeeping Veil

ROYHOO 3 Pack Beehive Beekeeping Water Dispenser Bee Drinking Beekeeping Equipment Honey Beehive Entrance Feeder Nest Beekeeper Tools

Plant Selection

When you choose what to plant in your garden this season, you can research which flowers and herbs will draw more bee activity; wide flowering varieties, such as lavender or sunflowers, are excellent choices for providing nectar for hungry honeybees.

bee on lavender

1400 English Lavender Seeds for Planting Indoors or Outdoors, 90% Germination, to Give You The Lavender Plant You Need, Non-GMO, Heirloom Herb Seeds

Sow Right Seeds – Mammoth Sunflower Seeds to Plant and Grow Giant Sun Flowers in Your Garden.; Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds; Full Instructions for Planting; Wonderful Gardening Gifts

Better honey results, and the bees no longer need to huddle together in hives all winter to keep warm by flexing their wings and generating heat around their queen. Some top-producing nectar sources come from a combination of orange, eucalyptus, plum, za’atar (Syrian oregano), avocado, carob, and thyme. Talk about a delicious mix!

Plum Fruit Tree Seeds for Planting – 10 Seeds of Prunus Americana- Made in USA, Ships from Iowa – Popular Outdoor Tree or Bonsai

2 HASS Avocado Seeds for Planting

Sow Right Seeds – Thyme Seed for Planting – All Non-GMO Heirloom Thyme Seeds with Full Instructions for Easy Planting and Growing Your Kitchen Herb Garden, Indoor or Outdoor

Consider planting a few trees with fragrant blossoms, like cherry or apple trees; these will provide shelter from the elements while giving bees a place to rest between visits!

150+ Dwarf Bonsai Fruit Tree Seeds for Planting, 50+ Lemon Tree Seeds /50+ Cherry Tree Seeds /50+ Orange Tree Seeds (3 Variety Individual Packs)

Selling Honey

In addition to helping local bee populations by adding more attractive blooms into your landscape design plans – why not take advantage of all those extra visitors? By setting up an apiary near your home (or even just one small hive), you could harvest enough honey each year so you have plenty on hand, plus some extra left that could be sold at nearby farmers’ markets!

Adabocute 40-Count 1.5 oz Mini Hexagonal Glass Honey Jars – Small Honey Jars with Wooden Dippers, Bee Charms, Gold Gift Bags and Jutes

32 Pcs 8.8 oz Clear Plastic Honey Jar Empty Honey Bottles with Caps Refillable Honey Containers Leakproof Honey Squeeze Bottle Honey Bottle Container Holder with Flip Lid for Storing Dispensing Yellow

Not only is selling locally produced honey good business sense, but it’s also beneficial environmentally since fewer resources go into transporting store-bought products from faraway places – making it better both economically AND ecologically speaking!

So next time, when planning out what type of vegetation should fill up space around your property, remember to research well beforehand so that the right kinds of flowers, vegetables, fruit trees, and herbs are planted. Plant ones capable of attracting many buzzing friends who come bearing sweet gifts, and remember to harvest some delicious rewards, too, if possible!!

Many gardeners cultivate bee gardens where they have hives and honey. It’s big business and assists in the livelihood of many beekeepers across the land. Some holidays depend on ample supplies of honey, and we can understand the importance of this industry. Let’s examine some myths and facts about the beautiful bee!

Bee Myths

There are two misconceptions at the top of our list. The first is that bees should not be able to fly, but in doing so, they prove that nothing is impossible! Nice story, but once again, reality proves even more interesting.

The myth notes that bees generally appear fat, having difficulty lifting off from the ground. Especially when they carry nectar and pollen, a bee can add double its weight. Aerodynamically speaking, they should not be able to fly. Well, yes and no. The point is that the mighty bee is not an airplane and does not operate like lift, drag, weight, and thrust. That is awesome enough but listen to this.

Without going too deeply into physics, suffice it to say that how a bee flaps its wings uniquely affects its ability to obtain lift. Bees were made to fly! It’s called using what they possess and doing it. The bee does not flap its relatively short wings up and down, huffing and puffing and knocking themselves out, trying to get some lift.

Instead, they flap their wings back and forth (who knew? Wait for it – 230 times per second!) Researchers inform us that at these rates and with a partial spinning motion to the wing flapping, the bee creates air vortices, getting a lift by creating something like mini-hurricanes around himself. Everything’s spinning around him, and he rises in the eye of the storm.

The second myth involves the notion that bees hibernate during winter. Again, partially true. Most of us know of the bee decline worldwide and how serious it can be not to understand a bee’s needs. In places around the world, high-tech innovators have found that an excellent way to help the bee population involves planting specific trees and flowers in the vicinity of the hives.

Intentional Plantings

The intentional plantings allow for year-round feeding on nectar-rich plantings, allowing beekeepers to skip giving the bees sugar water in winter to keep them alive. The bees consume a portion of their own honey to keep energy levels high.

Plus, honey may be cultivated closer to home in bee gardens by planting the seedlings near the hives. In the past decade, this has cut down on hive terrorism from remote locations (yes, it’s a real thing!), where others try to steal entire groups of hives under cover of darkness.

And, of course, such attempts sometimes backfire, with the thieves repeatedly stung! It also cuts production costs if there’s no extensive travel back and forth to far-away hives.

Honey is a Gift

Honey is a gift, a snack, a meal, a dessert, giving energy to those who consume honey or the comb! In moderation, of course.

 

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  • Marji

    My great-grandfather planted and maintained a large garden when I was a small child. He grew enough to feed many of our neighbors. His love of gardening is what sparked my lifelong interest in gardening. My grandparents continued his direction, as well as my parents. It was natural to have a garden of my own and continue the process, enjoy the results, and to share with others.