Raised Bed Gardening Blog

Bees

Created on Sunday, 05 February 2012 14:50

Bulbs will be coming up here in Santa Fe this week. Time to start thinking about what you're going to plant this Spring and Summer.

Don't forget the bees!! Bees need flowers for sustenance, and flowers need bees for pollination, as well as your vegies and fruit trees. Here are some tips for attracting more bees to your home and garden...

  1. Plant native flowers
  2. Select single flower types for more nectar
  3. Set up a 'bee bath' for drinking water... a shallow  pan with pebbles to land on
  4. Use only natural pesticides and fertilizers...PLEASE!!
  5. Bees are attracted most to the colors blue, violet, purple, white, and yellow
  6. Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snap dragons, foxgloves, and hosta in the Summer
  7. Best herbs to plant are chives, thyme, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, lavender, and basil
  8. Plant edible flowers, for yourself AND the bees... violas, violets, nasturtiums, bachelor buttons, johnny jump ups, and more.

Ask Bob and his great staff at Agua Fria Nursery in Santa Fe about more info on bee-utiful ways to attract our most important pollinators!