Planting for Fall

Bees. Glorious Bees!

Want a fantastic garden with continuous blooms?

You Need Bees!

We all know the importance of bees in the production of honey, and without bees and pollinators, we would have less food to eat but did you know that a bee produces a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? It takes many bees to make a pound a honey.

And yes, there is a small downside to welcoming bees – you may get stung. Did you know that bee stingers are actually a modified part of the egg laying tube? Only female bees (queens and workers) will sting if provoked! Male bees are harmless (called drones); drones have larger eyes which help them find the queen bee.

The largest bee in the hive is the queen - all worker bees are female. The queen can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day; fertilized eggs become females and unfertilized eggs become males (with the help of pheromones).

How to Attract More Bees:

Bees only eat nectar and pollen.

You can create a productive garden by:

1. Planting native plants and heirloom varieties with single blooms such as:

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 2. Creating bee friendly areas (pile up logs and leaves)
3. Introducing a water source with a beach entry
4. Allowing dandelions to bloom in the spring; this is typically the only food source available at this time.
    Plant for life! Let's all do our part and plant bee-loving flower seeds this fall.