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save the bees
John Duncan’s Ten Easy Ways to Help Save the Disappearing Bees
Create Habitat
You to can help save bees! Plant your flowers so that there are flowers from early spring to fall. Use bulbs, perennials, annuals and you can also let your some of your vegetables go to seed.
Build Shelter
Get a bee house and give our native bees some shelter. Bee houses were one of top sellers last summer, but you can also build a bee nesting site as easy as drilling holes in a log.
Go Old School
When choosing bee, friendly plants try the old stand-byes. Simple old fashion flowers are better than highly cultivated ones. Don’t worry about being traditional these flowers never go out of style. Don’t forget herbs that flower are the bee’s favorites!
Garden with Wild Flowers
Plant wildflowers in your garden. If you have the room, create cute meadows of wildflowers in your lawn or yard. You can plant wildflower seeds in early spring. Our wild seeds come in packets as well as bags and they look fantastic!
Grow Au Naturel
If you want to help save the bees, use natural methods of pest control. You might be surprised how many insects birds can control. Put up birdhouses and feeders. For aphids use ladybugs instead of chemicals as a natural solution. Ladybugs can clear out aphids in no time at all.
Eat Local
Now is the time to start growing your own pesticide-free fruit & vegetables. Fruit and vegetables not only make a ton of flowers but eating local means you are not contributing to global pesticide use. This help the bees in you hood and around the planet. Even few pots of vegetables outside make a big difference! If you cannot grow your own, then select as much organic produce as you can while getting the groceries.
Bee Choosey
Support your local beekeeper. Buy local honey from a beekeeper you trust who cares about their bees.
Supply Water
Set out a bowl of water or fill a bird bath, but fill it with gravel, so the little guys don’t drown. Pebbles make it easy for them to get the water without putting them in further danger.
Bee Involved
There are lots of ‘Save the Bees’ initiatives. None of them are more important than your own actions. You can do a lot with a little. You are the affirmative action into helping bees and pollinators. Participate where you can.
Spread the Word
Let your family, friends and neighbours know the bees need a little help spread the word about helping to save bees! Share these tips where ever you can.

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