Find out how your garden can benefit from backyard beekeeping.
With backyard beekeeping, you get the sweet rewards of homegrown honey and beeswax. But did you know that your flower and vegetable gardens can also benefit from beekeeping? With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn about why bees are good for your garden.
Masters of Pollination
Bees are known as nature’s best pollinators. Without them, we wouldn’t have nearly as many flowers and plants. Bees depend on flowers and plants for nutrition. Nectar is collected for a few reasons. It’s a bee’s main energy source, as it’s full of sugar, which is also used to make honey in their hive. Pollen is full of fat and protein, which helps feed the hive.
When bees collect pollen, they carry it from one flower to another. This cross-pollination is essential for flowers in order to produce more seeds. As bees cross-pollinate, more flowers and plants will grow. A bee gets the nutrients they need, and your garden ends up with more flowers and plants.
How to Bring Bees to Your Garden
There are a few ways to bring wild honeybees to your garden. These tips will also help out your beekeeping hive. Growing bee-friendly plants and flowers is a great way to start. Some examples of bee-friendly plants are listed below.
- Wild Geranium
In addition to these plants, there are some plants that help with honey production. Not only will you have more flowers in your garden, but you can help your hive make more honey. Read through our article, “7 Plants to Help Honey Production,” for a detailed look at what to plant in your area.
Another way to attract bees to your garden is a reliable water source. As with any living creature, bees need to stay hydrated. A bird bath, garden pond or water feature will do the trick. Just make sure the bees have somewhere to land. Use small stones or sand in a pond, or a flat stone in a bird bath that’s above the water level.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need to start beekeeping. From hives and frames to protective clothing you’ll be ready to collect your own organic honey and beeswax, right in your own backyard. For more tips on getting started and caring for your honeybees, visit our Beekeeping blog.