Bee Friendly Flowers By Keaton & Lucas The Garden Group
Intro Flowering plants are important to bees. This is where they get their pollen and nectar. With these materials, they make their honey and other foods. It is also important to have your plants blooming in three seasons. If the plants only bloom in one season, the bees will die. So here are some plants to help save the Honeybees! In the Winter, all the pollen and nectar they have collected will keep them well fed.
Calliopsis http://www.ecomii.com/gardening/annual/callio psis Grows 1-2 ft. tall. 2-3 inches in diameter. Needs full sun. Plant in early spring. Dig 1 inch deep. Spread 4-6 inches apart.
Marigold http://www.almanac.com/plant/marigolds Plant in full sun. Grows 6 inches-2ft tall. Grows in any soil. Blooms in spring, summer, fall Plant in early spring. Water every day. 1 inch deep & 2-3 feet apart.
Poppies http://www.opiumpoppyseeds.com/grow.html Plant in end of winter early Spring. Plant in any soil. Grows 5-6 inches high. Sprinkle seeds on top of soil. Spread 8-10 inches apart.
Cosmos http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/flowers../cosmos/cosmos.html Cosmoses- Cosmos grow 4 to 5 ft. tall. They need full sun. Can grow in poor soil. Requires little water. Plant in and eight inch deep. To much fertilizer will kill Cosmo. Do not have problem with insects. Rake garden soil to plant Cosmo. Plant at the end of winter. Spread out each Cosmo about 2 inches.
Buttercups http://www.ehow.com/how_5121712_plant- lilacs-buttercups.html http://www.ehow.com/how_5121712_plant- lilacs-buttercups.html Well drained soil and full sun. Plant in early spring. 4-6 inch deep hole. Plant 3 inches apart.
Asters http://gardenhobbies.com/flower/aster.html Annual Asters grow 1-3 ft. If grown right before winter Plant 2-4 weeks before frost Dig hole 1 inch. Separate 3-4 inches apart.
How Can We Safely Care For Our Plants The first thing is to use no fertilizers The fertilizer kills flowers and honey bees Use Bee-Friendly Pesticides; Biobit, Dipel, Amitraz, Javelin, Petroleum Oil, Sulfur, Propargite, and Rotenone Scrub soap on your flowers Let Surroundings Grow Freely Hand Pick Bugs off
Pesticides Can Be Bad Pesticides can get into a honey bees system. Then the pesticides gets into their eggs. The pesticides can damage the queens eggs. Therefore, those are reason why pesticides can be harmful.
Alternatives Bee Alternatives are Natural Predators. Building a bat house by your garden can keep away bugs. Other Birds can keep away rodents and bugs; Owls, Sparrows, Hawks. Putting Bird Houses by your garden will attract birds.