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Published on June 4th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin

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Make Your Garden Bee Friendly!

Bummed about the bees? Me too. Creating a bee-friendly environment is the perfect green living solution; you get pretty flowers while helping to sustain the bee populations.  Research shows that planting bee-friendly gardens increases the number and diversity of bees.

Attract bees to your garden

This is easy enough – just plant their fav foods and don’t use insecticides. If you have bug trouble, make a natural insecticide. Do we have a recipe for you? Damn skippy we do!

Chrysanthemums contain a powerful chemical component called pyrethrum which enters the nervous system of insects rendering them immobile. Boil 100 grams of dried Chrysanthemum flowers in 1 liter of water for twenty minutes. Strain, cool and place in a spray bottle and use as a general purpose green living insecticide.

Plants bees love

Be sure to plant native plants first because they will attract local species of bees and will require less watering. Many engineered flowers are sterile, so always plant organic flowers. Plant flowers in clusters in a sunny spot away from the wind.

Some of the flowers bees dig include wild bergamot, cornflowers, lobelias, columbine, Foxglove, coneflower, cosmos, sunflowers, lavenders, dahlias, Michaelmas daisies, thyme, red clover, golden rod, sage, rosemary, catmint, lupins and many more. If you have an organic meadow mix of local wildflowers, now is the time to whip that sucker out!

Make a bee bar

Bees need to drink water and most bird baths are too deep. Instead, use a shallow drip tray or plate and place a couple of pebbles in that can act as islands. Fill the plate with a little water  – just enough to evaporate by the end of the day.

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