Pre­pare your gar­den for bees and other pol­li­na­tors

It’s time for your gar­den to learn about the (hum­ming)birds and the (honey)bees.

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 260 LIFE - By Sus­tain­able Food Cen­ter Spe­cial to the Amer­i­can-States­man Gar­den

Are you in­trigued with the idea of keep­ing hon­ey­bees at your home, school or com­mu­nity gar­den? Per­haps you’re ex­cited about the prospect of har­vest­ing honey and beeswax, or you know that more bees in the area will im­prove pol­li­na­tion rates for your fruit-bear­ing gar­den crops.

Maybe you’ve heard that hon­ey­bee pop­u­la­tions are in de­cline and you want to help out. What­ever your rea­sons for as­pir­ing to keep bees, it’s im­por­tant to pre­pare your site. By pre­par­ing your site for hon­ey­bees, you’ll also wel­come other pol­li­na­tors, like na­tive bees, but­ter­flies and hum­ming­birds, which will be an ad­di­tional boon to your gar­den and a joy to ob­serve.

The best way to wel­come hon­ey­bees to your site is by of­fer­ing them abun­dant food. Hon­ey­bees for­age for nec­tar and pollen gen­er­ally within a 2-mile ra­dius, but they pre­fer to save en­ergy by find­ing food as close to home

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