During the summer months, Canadians finally have a chance to relax and enjoy the sun. There is no better way to embrace the warm weather than planting a beautiful flower garden. Not only will it enhance the curb appeal and aesthetics of your front lawn but planting pollinator friendly gardens can act as a great food source for pollinators like honey bees.
Tip #1: Planning is Everything
There are many things to consider before you start planting. Think about the space, colour, sunlight and fit. It’s important to pick a planting location that achieves the best sunlight for the flowers that you want to plant. Thinking about these factors beforehand will ensure that your flowers have the best possible growing environment to set them up for success.
Tip #2: Bee Friendly
For honey bees, summer means working tirelessly to find food, to sustain themselves and their entire colony before another winter begins.
Worker bees spend their days traveling from flower to flower collecting as much pollen and nectar as they can. But without a plentiful supply of blooming flowers, honey bees might not get the right nutrition and the cold months can be devastating on a hive.
Tip #3: Choose Pollinator Friendly Flowers
Planting pollinator-friendly gardens are a great way to help honey bees find the food they need. Whether you live in a house or apartment building, you can dedicate a small part of your garden, balcony or rooftop to flowers that feed pollinators like honey bees. Consider plants like: lance-leaved coreopsis, sneezeweed, New England asters, dense blazing stars and golden tickseed.
Tip #4: Get The Right Seeds
One of the biggest challenges with planting is choosing the right seeds. Thankfully there are pollinator garden programs like Buzzing Gardens, which provides free pollinator-friendly seeds with an online sign-up at www.beesmatter.ca. Using a pre-packaged seed kit will make planting your pollinator garden quick and easy.
From planning stages to choosing the right environment for your seeds, these four tips will give you a garden to be proud of and a beautiful place to share with your friends and family.
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I love your first tip, as it definitely matches up with my experience. It’s a little embarrassing to come home from the nursery with new flowers, only to realize that you don’t have enough good sunlight for the plants you selected. Planning ahead can save you a lot of grief in that way! Fortunately, I’ve learned from my mistakes, and now I can cultivate a beautiful garden.
Thanks so much for sharing all of this advice on planting the best garden possible! I really like your second tip on being bee friendly. Although a lot of people might consider them a nuisance, bees are a really important part of your plants’ health. That is why I think going the extra mile and choosing only pollinator friendly flowers is such a good idea. Plus, you don’t have to make your whole garden pollinator friendly; you can just dedicate a part of your garden to pollinators, like you said!
I didn’t realize the importance of bees till my sister-in-law got bees for my parents farm. Not only do flowers benefit the bees, but bees benefit the flowers and other plants. They help with the pollination of plants, which is important for crops.
I never even thought about making a garden that is bee friendly; that’s a great idea! My husband and I are new to gardening since we’ve never owned a yard before, but now we want to make ours really nice and lush! We’ll be sure to get flowers that are both bee and pollinator friendly. Hopefully that will help keep the rest of my flowers healthier as well!
Bee friendly garden. Great idea and work. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Many thanks for all the tips.