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Why Care About Bees?

Jennifer Smith

Posted on June 12 2018

That fruit salad you are eating is all thanks to hardworking growers...and bees. And, that coffee you are sipping is also thanks to growers...and bees. Just about everything we eat is due to the hard work of gardeners, farmers and our bee friends. This is why we should care about bees. 

Bee pollination is important to the successful growth of more than 90 percent of the world's foods that we consume; and without beneficial insects that feed on pollen and nectar - such as bees, hummingbirds and butterflies - agriculture would suffer. 

This Pollinator Month, gardeners should learn the importance of bees. Growers should plant pollinating flowers to feed bees, and thus help feed ourselves. 

Some pollinating plants to grow this June include:

  • Aster
  • Fennel
  • Lantana
  • Bee Balm
  • Sunflower
  • Lavender
  • Daisy
  • Conflower

Some of these plants, such as Lavender, Coneflower and Aster, are deer and rabbit resistant plants that can be used to keep wildlife away from gardening areas. If growers can protect these pollinating plants from deer damage, and beehives from bear damage, then we can save the bees. This is why deer fencing is a must this season to protect the bees. 

Next week begins National Pollinator Week (June 18-24, 2018). Keep up with the blog for more details on bee pollination and protection; and follow the conversation on Facebook using hashtags #SavetheBees #NationalPollinatorMonth.