Bee a Good Gardener

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There is a movement out there that I’m sure you’ve at least heard a mention of, it’s about saving the honeybees. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating many of the flowers that make the food that we love, enjoy, and need to eat to live. The thought of the honey bees disappearing….well, it just makes me hungry. So I’m all for saving the honeybees!

There are arguments from both sides of the aisle why honeybee colonies collapse and bee keepers are finding it harder and harder to sustain their bees. I personally have sat through many lectures on the subject from varying point of views, and this winter I even took a bee keeping course. The bee keeping class set me straight that the term ‘colony collapse’ gets used often when it probably shouldn’t be. Many times it’s just poor bee keeping practices, and more often the varroa mite is to blame for the demise of the colony.

It is a confusing topic with many different avenues of blame, and with that comes many opinions on what should be done to help the honeybees. But good news! There is a simple thing you can do TODAY to help the honeybees thrive – focus on planting the plants that honeybees love most! A great place to start is right in the moment with things you can plant that bloom early when flowers are in short supply. Plant things like pussy willows, witch hazel, fruit trees, hellebores, snapdragons, and sweet alyssum. Stop by Burnett’s Country Gardens for a complimentary list of plants that are sure to make the gardener and the bee both very happy!

Heather Thibeault is a life-long gardener, plant collector, and Burnett's employee.

Heather Thibeault is a life-long gardener, plant collector, and Burnett’s employee.

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