Five Ways to Attract Honey Bees to Your Garden

While it may not always seem like it, there are a lot of perks to having honey bees buzzing around your garden. They act as pollinators, bringing your entire yard to life. There are a bunch of different ways you can attract these insects. Learn some of your different options below:

1. Plant flowers that are relative to your area.

It’s a known fact that honey bees respond best to flowers that they’re accustomed to, so start growing plants that are native to your environment. If you’re unsure what flowers are from your area, head down to your local nursery. The workers there will be more than happy to fill you in on what flowers you should grow. If that doesn’t work for you, you can always do some research of your own online before ordering seeds.

2. Plant flowers with single pedals.

If you want to attract honey bees, it’s best you grow flowers with a single row of petals, instead of ones with more than one row. That’s because single-petaled flowers contain more pollen than any other flowers, making them perfect for hungry honey bees. Not only that, though. When flowers have single petals, the honey bees can reach the pollen much easier.

3. Plant white, yellow, purple, and blue flowers. 

Flowers that are white, yellow, purple, and blue will draw in honey bees more than ones that are pink, orange, and red. Of course, your garden doesn’t have to be made up of only those colors, but having a bunch of flowers with those shades will definitely help bring in those honey bees.

4. Plant flowers that bloom over time.

Even though you may want to plant flowers that bloom all at the same time, don’t. When you do that, the honey bees will quickly come to your garden, eat up all the food and then leave for good. If you plant flowers that bloom in sequence, the honey bees will have plenty of food to last throughout the seasons, giving them a reason to continue visiting your garden.

5. Grow flowering vegetable and fruit plants.

Fruit trees, as well as berries, squash, melons, and cucumbers, have a tendency of developing fragrant flowers that actually attract honey bees to your garden.  Besides the flowers that grow off these plants and trees, the honey bees are drawn to the fruit itself.

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