Creating a Bee-Friendly Garden

Care2Care    By Nikki Fotheringham  January 27, 2015

Have you noticed a dearth of pollinators in your garden of late? Honeybee numbers are declining due to several factors, and it’s finally starting to make headlines. The loss of bee colonies has far-reaching consequences that go well beyond missing the honey on your morning granola. About one third of our crops are pollinated by bees. Without these busy little bugs, fresh fruit and vegetables will become far more expensive, and less available.

In our last article on the subject of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), we discussed how flower choice can make a huge difference to the number of pollinators visiting your garden. Another practical way to help restore bee colonies in your area is to create a bee-friendly garden. By providing shelter, food, and water, you can help the bees in

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Bring Back the Bees

Care2Causes   By Lia Leendertz      

How to Increase Your Garden's Bee Population

What's Happening to the bees?

Honey bees (and all other bees too, for that matter) are struggling. Recent winters have seen catastrophic cases of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), where entire hives die over winter. Before 2006, the annual expected loss for bees was around 10-15 percent. Since 2006 that number has more than doubled to over 30 percent. CCD is recognized as an international issue, and some predict it will soon...

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