Growing Tips Videos from Garden Expert Lance Walheim Help Create Beautiful Bee-Attractant Habitats

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Honey bee pollinating purple flower

Author: Charlotte Duren, Bee Health Communications

 

While plants and flowers certainly beautify our outdoor spaces, an added benefit is that they can also help feed pollinators as they work to feed us. Did you know that honey bees help to pollinate one of every three bites of food that we eat? With a world population of over 9 billion people requiring some 70 percent more food by 2050, bees are working harder and need our help more than ever.


Bayer CropScience recently launched the Feed a Bee initiative to increase forage for honey bees and other pollinators, including growing 50 million flowers and providing additional forage acreage in 2015. You can join this initiative by visiting www.FeedABee.com and requesting a free packet of wildflower seeds to plant, by asking the Feed a Bee initiative to plant on your “bee-half”, or by committing to grow bee-attractant plants. 


As part of the Feed a Bee initiative, Lawn and Garden Expert Lance Walheim offers video tips on planting forage to support pollinator health. He advises on creating bee-attractant habitats and planting seeds and plants for pollinators. Helpful tips include: 

• Selecting plants that are best suited to where you live and that provide pollen and nectar.
• Including diverse flower colors, fragrances and shapes. Bees are especially attracted to flowers in shades of blue, purple, white and yellow. 
• Providing a fresh water source for pollinators.


To view Lance’s how-to videos  and more tips on planting a bee-attractant garden, be sure to visit www.feedabee.bayer.us. You can share your planting progress online by using #FeedABee.  Also, visit www.FeedABee.com to see our ticker grow toward the goal of 50 million flowers in 2015. Whether you own acres of land or a flower pot on your back deck, you can play a part in helping to feed bees.



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  • Joseph Pedro said:
    7/21/2015 5:32 PM

    2nd time around. I had sent an email when the Feed A Bee program started, offering help from our bee club to plant seed for the honey bees in our area zone 8a, however, I did not receive an email from your company. The ARKLATEX bee club is a medium size group with 85 paid members and growing fast. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and have between 4 and 7 new guest to visit/join our club. So would you save my email for the next seed planting program. One more thing, we purchase all of our seeds from "Wild Seed Farms" located in Frederickburg,Texas Just ask for Tom Kramer 1-800-848-0078 Or www.wildseedfarms.com for a free catalog........ Bee Happy---- Sincerely, Joseph Pedro La. Master Gardener & Bee Keeper Whispering Winds Hobby Farm

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