What’s The Buzz About Bees?
A summer without blueberries…
No avocados to make your
No pumpkins on Halloween!
All three of these scenarios could occur during our lifetime. It is due to an urgent environmental issue; the dying out of pollinators.
The growing absence of nature’s tiny workers could impact both our dinner tables and the entire world’s economy. According to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), nearly 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat come from pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Without these pollinators, many fields would lie fallow with up to a third of all crops unable to grow. A combination of climate change, pesticide use, parasites, and habitat loss because of urban development all contribute to this increasing problem.
Bee Loss Statistics
- Since 1990, more than 25% of the commercial honey bee population has disappeared (NRDC).
- 44% of beekeepers’ honey bee colonies were lost from April 2015-April 2016 (www.Beeinformed.org).
- $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by bees in the US each year (NRDC).
Bees are our world’s silent workers we rarely see
yet are essential to our life and nature!
What We Can Do to Help
Fortunately, we can keep the cycle of life intact by planting our own pollinator-attracting garden. Your garden will support the local eco-system, help limit climate change, and keep pollinators alive. As a gardener, you know we are all intertwined through nature.There is no better time and place to start helping the environment than right now in your own backyard, all the while getting to enjoy hummingbirds hum, bees buzz, and butterflies flutter.
Late winter/spring: daffodils, rosemary, evergreen clematis, and primrose
Spring/summer: chives, thyme, forget-me-nots, rockcress, red-flowering currant, and lavender
Summer/fall: sedum, sunflower, butterfly bush, fennel, lantana, and purple prairie clover
Fall/winter: mint, ivy, oregano, alyssum, and basil