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, by choosing bee-friendly plants, planting wildflowers, keeping our garden chemical free and let it continue to flower. It could be as small as creating a container that provides a pollinator habitat or incorporating bee-friendly plants throughout your existing garden.
- Provide 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, so the bees can get as much nutrients in a small space
- Choose plants with long blooming cycles, such as serviceberries, crabapples for the spring right through until asters and sedums for the late fall
- 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 the dandelions, clover and violets
- Hang a Bee House out of the rain, facing south or east at eye level once the temperatures have warmed up to 12-14 deg C
- Dufferin Garden Centre is committed to doing what we can to help our customers create their own Bee-Friendly Garden. Stay tuned as we share tips on selecting plants, choosing products and creating habitats to welcome our pollinators especially the bees.