Checklist for a Bee-Friendly Garden
Beneficial pollinators are a crucial part of our environment and gardens, especially our vegetable gardens. Of all the pollinators bees are by far the most important!
We can make a difference by creating a bee-friendly space in your garden. Choose bee-friendly plants, plant wildflowers, keep gardens chemical free and have continuous blooms. It could be as small as creating a container that provides a pollinator habitat or incorporating bee-friendly plants throughout your existing garden.
- Provide plants with nutritious bee food such as nectar (loaded with sugar) and pollen (which provides proteins and fats).
- Bees love native wildflowers, flowering herbs, berries and many flowering fruits and vegetables.
- Group the same plants together.
- Choose plants with long blooming cycles.
- Provide a fresh water source. A bee bath needs to be a shallow bowl or plate with rocks as dry islands to serve as landing pads.
- Do Not use pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals in your garden
- Appreciate the beauty of weeds. Bees love dandelions.
- Hang a Bee House out of the rain, facing south or east at eye level once the temperatures have warmed up to 12-14 degrees Celsius.
Dufferin Garden Centre is committed to doing what we can to help our customers create their own Bee-Friendly Garden. Stay tuned to our website as we share tips on selecting plants, choosing products and creating habitats to welcome our pollinators especially the bees.