Over the last decade, concerns over Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the overall health and wellness of the bee population have been the the forefront of many environmentalists minds. As these concerns remain there is a simple technique you can employ to help save the bees, and we explain it in this short video.An Easy Way to Help Save the Bees #weekendfarmer Click To Tweet
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Brian Clapp, WeekendFarmer.com: There is an ongoing debate in the scientific community about the health and wellness of the bee population. One side of the debate says the bee apocalypse is completely overblown and hive numbers are actually quite healthy. The other side says the proliferation of herbicides, pesticides and chemicals in our ecosystem have contributed to colony collapse disorder, the bee population is in steady decline and we need to do more to save the bees.
Well, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter which side you believe. Bees pollinate 1/3 of the food we eat, so no matter if you think their numbers are in decline, or they are increasing, we should be doing all we can to support them and help save the bees.
One easy way you can do that is by adding a mix of perennials and annuals to your garden space. Most people think of annuals, being these big bright flowers, as the exact thing bees need, but in truth, it’s perennials that have more nectar in them than annuals do.
Annuals are important though, they often act as a beacon, like a lighthouse to save the bees, shining out to the striped pollinators flying around saying “hey, I’m over here!” The annuals help bring them into your area or your garden which is great for your pollination, but they need those perennials to feed off of.
Having a mix of annuals and perennials will set bees up for success in your little garden and contribute to their health and wellness overall.