I am excited to hear that bee keeping programs are being incorporated into our community’s correctional systems. That is fabulous! These beekeeping re-entry programs are proving to be beneficial for both the bee population and for the inmates. One inmate said “Everybody on the camp wants to get in on the bee club”.
What can we do to help? Collectively, if we could incorporate bee attracting plants into our personal landscapes, it may help boost our declining bee populations.
It’s easy to convert your garden to attract bees. One simple technique is to provide a combination of plants with purple, yellow or blue flowers (bees really like those colors).
Here are a few more tips to follow:
To get started, here are 7 easy-to-grow plants that bees love:
To view the USDA hardiness zone map go to http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
Happy gardens, happy bees! Author: Susan Combs Bauer, Landscape Architect and Founder of BauerCombs & Associates, Inc.
Susan Combs Bauer, Landscape Architect www.bauercombs.com