5 Ways to Help Save the Bees

Did you know that bees have been around for more than 130 million years?

Thanks to climate change and mass agriculture, they might not bee around any longer. And that leaves a plethora of problems for everyone on earth. The U.S National Agricultural Statistics saw bee decline of 60% from 1947 to 2008

Think of it.

Complete ecosystems are destroyed, and the extinction of countless species that we rely on to survive. Almost all fruits, vegetables, and flowers never popping their heads through the soil ever again.

Now that is worrying.

I care about the bees a lot, and you should too. Without them, we lose many of the beautiful things on this earth, like freshly grown food. There are so many species to adore and appreciate, like bumblebees and how pollen sticks to their fuzzy bodies.

But the sting of bee extinction doesn’t have to our fate. There are ways that you can help save the bees and stop dwindling bee populations with little or no cost to you! Together, we can help save the bees and save our planet!

Why Do We Need Bees?

Bees are tiny, hard-working little ones. In the United States alone, honey bees pollinate 15 billion worth of crops every year. And you can thank every one bite out of three from your food to the bees as well. Their pollination also provides animals with food like seeds and berries which contribute to a diverse ecosystem.

But they also can show us the indicator of the health of an environment. The by-products of honey bees like honey and wax can be analyzed for pollution.

close up group of bees on a honeycomb

1. Grow Native Plants

Every year, bees float to my sunflowers and marigolds to enjoy on my porch. It is such a joy seeing them work hard. Every time I approach my door, I always give a little compliment and word of encouragement as appreciation. I love it!

My family, not so much. It’s easy to forget that everyone doesn’t like bees around their house.

With rapid deforestation and the transformation of fields to monoculture farms, it’s becoming harder for bees to forage and get nectar. While a bee can fly as far as 5 miles for food when desperate, most bees only harvest a mile from their hive. And a bee can become so tired that it can’t return to its hive and becomes swept away.

If you find a bee that seems to be tired, don’t feed it sugar water. It is the equivalent of junk food for them and gives them an energy boost, but none of the essential amino acids for them to survive.

Growing native plants help native bees enjoy food and ward off competition from non-native and invasive bees that can cause food shortages. The bees will thank you for providing a variety of foods available not far from their hive.

This year, I am growing California Poppys, Cosmos, and Sunflowers to help the bees. To find out what native plants are beneficial for pollinators in your area, you can check out the Native Plants By Zip Code Finder.

bee on sunflower

2. Bee Organic

Pesticides. The name sounds icky in itself.

And it is an icky thing for bees. Biologists have found more than 150 different chemical residues in bee pollen. Pesticides poison bees and cause their hive population to decrease over the years. Most pesticides are also harmful to ingest for humans, and there are also organic ways like companion planting to ward off plants.

Another way of being organic is buying or growing your food. When you buy organic produce, you support farmers who make it their duty to produce natural, pollinator-friendly food. It brings healthy food to your plate and healthy bees to the world.

jars of honey on stand in a sunny day

3. Support Bee Keepers

Where better to get honeycomb and try to be like people on the ASMR side of youtube?

If bees are superheroes, then beekeepers would be the sidekicks that everyone loves. Beekeepers are passionate about protecting bees and are the driving force for saving all bees, from fuzzy bumblebees to carpenter bees.

The best way to support beekeepers directly is to buy raw honey from trusted sources. If possible, buy locally. Buying locally supports your community, local beekeepers, and local bee populations.

But Beekeepers like Grawn Family Farm [I love them] sell more than raw honey! You can support beekeepers by buying soap, beeswax, lotion bars, and more! You can help them save the bees!

A bunch of mini trees in planters

4. Plant A Tree

Did you know that bees get most of their spring pollen from tree blossoms? And not just fruit trees. Trees like oak, maple, and crab apples are usually the first to open and be available for busy bees.

You can find organizations in your community to volunteer to help contribute to more trees! Not only do they save the bees, but save our planet as well. If you can’t find local organizations to volunteer or donate to, you can donate to #teamtrees, where 1 dollar plants one tree, founded by MrBeast.

close up of a bee on a grevillea flower

5. Donate to Bee-Friendly Organizations

Donating as little as one dollar goes a very long way. By donating to organizations like The Bee Conservancy and Karma Bee Project, you can support organizations that are striving to help save the bees. You can even adopt a bee if you’d like!

So What Now?

Save the bees, of course! The bees will thank you for taking action! And you will get the benefit of beeing the bee’s knees and pollinated plants for the world!

To learn about plants like Bee Balm, subscribe to my “Plant of the Month” newsletter! You will get my gardening dictionary as a freebie! If you don’t get an email from The Blossoming Gardener, please check your spam and whitelist The Blossoming Gardener.

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Happy Gardening! Till we meet again.

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