You can make a difference.
Gardens are actually an incredible resource for bees because they offer a safe haven away from more dangerous areas. By planting the right flowers, fruits and vegetables, you can make a lot of bees happy.
The first big change you can make - if you haven't already - is to stop using pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Not only are bees endangered by these chemicals, but it also puts our health in danger. The chemicals can travel from flowers' pollen to honey we consume!
What to Plant
Next is to be selective and thoughtful with the flowers you plant. Bees are attracted to flowers based on color, scent, and appearance. The simpler the better, so bees can easily locate the nectar. You can find more information on how to plant a pollinator garden here.
Ideas on what to plant based on season:
Spring: Thrift, Cranesbill, Chives
Early Summer: Lupin, Rose, California Lilac
High Summer: Lavendar, Goldenrod, Fennel
Late Summer: Sunflower, Verbena, Black Eyed Susan
Weeds Aren't Scary
Don't be afraid of 'weeds' either! A lawn full of clover and dandelions is a great home for bees and other native pollinators.
Feed Your Bees
Did you know bees get thirsty too? Leave a small basin of fresh water outside your home. They will especially appreciate some stones in it to crawl on!
Map Your Spot
Once you have plants available for pollination, register your space to be included on the Pollinator Partnership's database.
Beyond the garden.
You also need to support others who follow these ethical and bee-friendly tactics. One way is by purchasing organic food from a local farmer. You can also send a message to beekeepers by only buying local, raw honey that is from hives not treated by chemicals. A few tips and tricks to make this easier: if it's imported from China, don't buy it. If the description on the packaging in unclear about if it's untreated by chemicals, don't buy it. The best way to make sure you're buying truly natural honey is to go to your farmer's market.
The Pollinator Partnership is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protecting bees. Donate to protect the small but vital pollinators.