Gardening with Bee’s is important because they are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their work ethic, we owe a lot of thanks to these amazing but often under appreciated insects.
Our lives – and the world as a whole – would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist. Bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plants, they are also the only insect in the world that produce food eaten by man. Following are tips and helpful links for gardening with bees
- Plant Native flowers, they help feed your bees and are uniquely adapted to your region.
- Avoid using herbicides or pesticides in the garden. They not only can be toxic to bees but can also kill other beneficial insects. Ladybugs, spiders, and praying mantises will naturally keep pest populations in check. If you must use a pesticide, use the least-toxic material possible. Read labels carefully before purchasing, as many pesticides are especially dangerous for bees. Use the product properly. Spray at night when bees and other pollinators are not active.
- Bees need a place to get fresh, clean water. Fill a shallow container of water with pebbles or twigs for the bees to land on while drinking. Make sure to maintain the container full of fresh water to ensure that they know they can return to the same spot every day.
For more information, check out these resources:
20 things you need to know about Bees: bees_booklet
Native bees of New Mexico: native-bees-booklet
NMSU pollinator plants for New Mexico: new-mexico-pollinator-plant-recommendations
This site is a voluntary communication tool that enables crop producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of mapping programs: https://driftwatch.org
Albuquerque Beekeepers: http://abqbeeks.org/
DIY Bee Bombs by Leau Phillips: Bee Bomb