Habitats must have three main elements to be complete: food, shelter, and water. Yes, all living things need water! Let’s take each one in the order they are listed above.
Food for bees includes nectar and pollen from organic and pesticide-free flowers. The perfect flowers are the ones native to your region. These flowers will take little care from you, and will thrive for your native bees, as well as other pollinators. I like to include a wide range of blooming times, so my pollinating guests are fed from Spring to Fall. This is absolutely possible, and a great resource for this information for all regions is Plant Select. This can include flowering trees, and if you go for fruit trees, you get the benefit of getting food by feeding bees in the Spring! Vegetable gardens provide a similar mutual benefit during the Summer. And in the fall there are many beautiful blooms that can sustain bees until the frost comes and many of them die off.
Shelter comes in many forms for the many species of bees. Some prefer bare soil under things. Others prefer vacated holes left behind by other species of bees. Some like open wood to carve into! Shelters can also be provided in the form of a bee house with trays providing different sized holes for different species.
Water can be in the form of little watering holes placed in different places throughout your garden. Follow the pictures below to make your own to place in your garden! Be sure to refresh the watering hole daily to ensure there is always water for pollinators to drink.
Creating a complete habitat for bees is easy and extremely necessary in this time of struggle for these insects who are absolutely crucial for our survival as a human race!
Thank you for joining the movement!