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Flower power is what bees need. Here are a few general tips:
- The five Mediterranean sisters: oregano, thyme, lavender, sage and wintergreen. These offer curative benefits to bees.
- Plant in large clumps. Think bee buffet vs ala carte. Blossoms with high sugar content mean less work for bees evaporating nectar to honey. Dandelion is one such plant bees enjoy your accepting more.
- Plants that bloom long, early and late in the season.
- Berries, pear, apple and plum are also excellent. Native bees are especially well suited to these. Seeking these plants? Contact my fave Harvest Nursery in Molalla. Gabriel Kahn has a huge variety/excellent quality/very affordable fruit trees and bushes.
- Plant three months before the heat arrives or in late fall. Roots need time, frequent watering and fertilizing to take well.
- Avoid at all costs plants systemically treated with neonicotinoids “neonics”, a proven pollinator-killing nerve toxin.
- Build fertile balanced soil
- Companion planting guide
- Get to know how mushrooms heal bees.
Visit Pollinator.org for more plant and habitat info.