the bee-friendly garden

The Bee-Friendly Garden – planning a yard that helps the whole hive

Making our world more bee-friendly

Bees have it tough. Some bees have even made it on the endangered species list. But by making a few great plant choices, you can help support native bee populations. (And don’t forget, honey is an aphrodisiac.) That’s why we love The Bee-Friendly Garden: design an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity

Using this book to plan your summer garden

Now is the perfect time to envision your summer garden. And Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn’s bee-friendly gardening book can help you plan your outdoor space not just for beauty, but to help support the local environment. (The book offers tips on choosing plants that are not only friendly to bees but also to birds and butterflies.)

Why would you want to plan a garden that purposely attracts bees? There are a number of reasons but the biggest one is the fact that bees are pollinators. If you want to grow a successful vegetable garden, bees are going to help you accomplish this task with ease. Even if you just want a garden full of flowers, you need bees. As pollinators, bees facilitate the fertilization of flowering plants.

Use this guide to plant year-round

You may not have the same passion for bees as the authors. (The book even includes a section on becoming, “a bee activist.”) However, whatever your level of comfort with bees or expertise with gardening for that matter, you will find this book useful. It offers tips to planting year-round. And it gives a how-to on optimizing your soil for the best display of flowers and most bountiful fruit and vegetable harvests.

Now is the perfect time to get this book and get bee-friendly gardening. And if you’re interested in growing a garden of edible flowers, check out our guide to which blooms are good for eating.

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