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October 13

Jose de Leon
October 20

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October 27
 
         
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West Covina Certified Farmers Market
Sat morning from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
195 South Glendora Ave.
W. Covina, CA 91790
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Rosemead Certified Farmers Market
Monday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
8838 Valley Blvd., Civic Center Plaza
Rosemead 91770
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  Bee Informed  
 

Making A Difference For The Bees: Easy Ways
To Make Your Garden Bee-Friendly

 
 

How can you help the troubled bee population? Many species of bees are experiencing concerning population declines, but individuals interested in helping these vital insects can help turn this around. No matter how much space you have available at home to garden, you can make a difference with a few simple choices.

Urbanization has had a significant impact on the bees as natural habitats are taken away and homes, roads, and retail centers are built in their place. Bees are also having more trouble finding food, mates, and nesting sites, and these issues could ultimately impact our agriculture and environment. Approximately 85 percent of our flowering plants need on bees for reproduction and more than $200 billion worth of food in the U.S. relies on pollination for production.

Focus on bright colors and single blooms for your garden

When you ar e designing your garden with bees in mind, there are some important things to consider. For starters, Gardeners' World explains that single flower blooms are a much better choice than doubles, as the doubles are often too difficult for the bees to access. Go with a wide variety of plants native to your area and mix up the size and length of blooms so different types of bees can come and easily access what they need.

Bees are attracted to color, so incorporate a rainbow of flowers into your garden. They are said to be especially attracted to purple, blue, white, and yellow, and open, flat flowers are typically preferable. These insects tend to prefer sunny areas that are protected from the wind and it often works well to incorporate both flowers and vegetables or fruits into your garden area.

Avoid toxic plants and chemicals

While many plants are great for bees, Countryfile notes that there are a few that are bad for these insects. Rhododendron and azaleasare toxic to bees, and gardeners should avoid oleander, trumpet flowers, and amaryllis too. Other varieties that can be problematic include mountain laurel, yellow jessamine, stargazer lilies, and bog rosemary.

You should also stick to natural forms of pest control so you can avoid chemical-filled pesticides and herbicides that endanger bees. For example, garlic, salt, corn gluten, and kaolin clay are all natural substances that can help keep pests away without harming bees. If you do use pesticides, avoid applying them while flowers are blooming if possible.

Create an inviting environment

A perfectly manicured garden is unlikely to attract many bees as they like things to be a little less polished. NRDC shares that letting things go a bit by allowing weeds and some wild spaces is far more appealing to bees than an area that is impeccably maintained.

Bees also need spaces to nest. Provide some uncultivated bare ground for those species who prefer the soil surface to nest, and leave mouse holes or beetle tunnels untouched to provide additional options. Other species prefer rotting logs or stumps, holes in trees, or hollow twigs, and you can always add homemade bee homes to the area to provide additional habitat resources.

Numerous issues are damaging bee populations around the world, creating issues not only for flowering plants but for many food crops too. People interested in helping these insects can start at home by using their yard space to support the bees. Avoid plants like azaleas and oleander and focus on colorful options with single blooms. Go ahead and embrace the opportunity to have a somewhat wild-looking garden so you can do your part in supporting the bees who have such an impact on our lives.

 
     
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