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Bee Friendly Gardening Tips for Spring: Planting for Texas Pollinators



Springtime is a wonderful time to get back to your garden and start planting again. For beekeepers, it’s

not just about pretty flowers and fresh produce, it's about providing for our buzzing friends as well. Here

are some bee-friendly gardening tips to get your garden buzzing this spring.

1. Plant a variety of flowering plants - Bees are attracted to a wide variety of flowering plants, and different bees prefer different types of flowers. Some prefer yellow flowers, while others prefer blue. So, it’s important to plant a variety of flowering plants to attract different types of bees. Plus, it makes for a more visually appealing garden.

2. Avoid pesticides - Pesticides can be harmful to bees, so it’s important to avoid using them in your garden. Instead, try using natural methods to control pests, like planting herbs that repel insects.

3. Provide a water source - Bees need water just like any other creature, so it's important to

provide them with a water source. A shallow birdbath or a water fountain with rocks for them to land on can provide a perfect place for them to drink.

4. Plant for the seasons - It’s important to plan your garden to provide food for bees throughout the year. Plant spring flowers like bluebonnets and lantana, followed by summer blooms like sunflowers and black-eyed Susans. Then in the fall, plant asters and goldenrod.

5. Use native plants - Native plants are adapted to the local climate and require less water and maintenance, which makes them perfect for the busy beekeeper. Plus, native plants are more likely to attract local pollinators.

6. Create a wildflower meadow - Why not go all out and create a wildflower meadow? Not only will it provide a variety of flowers for bees, but it will also be a great habitat for other wildlife.

7. Plant herbs - Herbs like lavender, rosemary, and thyme are not only great for cooking, but

they’re also great for bees. Bees love the fragrant flowers, and the plants will repel unwanted

insects.

8. Provide shelter - Bees need a place to rest and stay safe. Creating a solitary bee hotel can

provide a safe and cozy spot for solitary bees to rest.

9. Don't forget about the soil - Healthy soil means healthy plants, which means healthy bees. Use organic methods to amend your soil, like compost and mulch.

10. Have fun with it! Gardening should be fun, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Add some garden art, like bee houses or whimsical signs, to make your garden a fun and inviting place for both you and the bees.

In conclusion, bee-friendly gardening is not only important for the survival of our pollinators, but it can also be a fun and rewarding hobby for beekeepers. By following these tips, you can create a beautiful garden that will provide food, water, and shelter for your buzzing friends. So, get out there, get your hands dirty, and let’s create a buzz!

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