What to Plant to Attract Bees

Bees are essential for our survival, and they’re dying in record numbers. We need them to pollinate our plants, so as they are dying in record numbers worldwide, it is devastating to think of the effects this might have on life on earth.

There’s only so much a single homesteader can do, but as bees are just as vital to our small operations as they are to global food production, we can definitely still try to do our part to attract, nourish and sustain bees on our humble homesteads.

Of course, beekeeping is a great way to do this, and if you can, it will definitely benefit you as well as the global production of bees. Not only will you have lots of happy pollinators buzzing around your garden, you’ll also get honey and honeycomb!

But not everyone is ready to take that leap into beekeeping, you’re either homesteading in a city and don’t have the capacity to keep bees, or you’ve decided for one reason or another that keeping hives is just not the right option for your homestead, which is totally understandable. So what can you do to help the bees?

Plant for them! There are a number of fragrant herbs and flowers that bees love, and most of them are pretty easy to grow!

Here’s what to plant for the bees:

  • lavender
  • sunflower
  • catnip
  • poppy
  • borage
  • sage
  • cilantro
  • thyme
  • fennel
  • geranium
  • heliotrope
  • zinnia
  • crocus
  • buttercup
  • aster
  • anemone
  • calendula

These lovely herbs and flowers are favorites of bees, and there sure to be constant visitors to your garden if you plant them!

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