Bee the Change: Inviting Pollinators to the Table

Giveaway! We’re giving away a crate of pollinator-friendly goodies including A Bee’s Garden Organic Non-GMO seed collection from High Mowing, tinctures from Urban Moonshine, seed bombs and skin care products from Badger Balm. See the end of this article for contest info! Contest ends 6/15/14.


As awareness of the sudden decline in honeybee and native bee populations grows, farmers and gardeners alike are wondering what they can do to help these small but powerful allies. Some people have taken up beekeeping, while others are learning about attracting pollinators and providing habitat and food sources. This phenomenon touches all of us, since we all consume foods pollinated by bees, and it is driving a sense of personal responsibility to steward the bees. Whether you have a large farm, a small garden, or just a few containers in the city, you can make a conscious choice to plant species that will attract and nourish your local pollinators.

A Fancy for Flowers

…but what kind?  Bees need pollen and nectar from flowers in order to survive and reproduce. They enjoy a wide array of blooms throughout the season, which is important to note. To attract bees and keep them well-satiated for the entire season, it is essential to choose a variety of flowers that blossom in spring, summer, and fall, or ones with long blooming cycles. Even something as simple as allowing your late-season broccoli side shoots to flower, rather than pulling the plants when the harvest is over, can provide food in the fall when pollen and nectar are in short supply. And remember to deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blossoms to come on!

Flower Color, Shape and Pattern

In general, bees are more attracted to white, blue, purple, and yellow flowers than they are to red, pink, or orange. In addition, flowers with double petals often have less pollen and nectar and make it more difficult for bees to access the inner part of the flower and are therefore not as beneficial as single flowers. Another thing to consider is how bees forage—if you watch them in the garden, you will notice that they prefer to visit all the flowers of one type before moving onto the next variety. This is because it is more efficient to gather pollen and nectar from similar-shaped flowers than to constantly switch between varieties. For this reason, planting individual varieties in large clumps (ideally four or more feet in diameter) is preferable to scattering them across your landscape.

Recommended Varieties

At the end of this article you can find a list of many flowers, herbs, veggies, cover crops, and even some perennial trees and shrubs that make good pollinator plants. As an added bonus for helping the bees, keep in mind that interplanting flowers and herbs with vegetable crops can encourage pollination and result in higher yields. Learning the bloom cycles and choosing a variety of the most desired colors will not only make for a more stunning garden, but will satiate honeybee colonies and encourage wild pollinators to stick around. Just remember—the bees need flowers and don’t benefit at all from plants that are never allowed to flower. Basil, for example, produces wonderful flowers for pollinators, but most gardening experts will advise you to pinch off the flowers in favor of leaf production. Perhaps this is the year to consider growing a few basil plants just for their beautiful and bee-friendly flowers!

Wild bees were here long before our homes and farms, so at one time, native species were the only source of food for pollinators. So keep in mind that wildflower mixes and other native species are great food sources as well as cultivated varieties. For some folks, it may seem unsightly to have an overgrown lawn, but bees will benefit from having at least some areas of your yard left untouched to allow what we call weeds—like clover, dandelion, milkweed, and goldenrod—to grow and flower. Native milkweed in particular is an essential food source for monarch butterflies. This combination of just four wild species will bloom and provide food for pollinators the whole season long.

Avoid Toxic Chemicals

It is also important avoid the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides, as many of these are detrimental to the health of bees. Chemicals like these, particularly a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, have been implicated as a likely cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is the term for the current mass decline in honeybee populations. CCD doesn’t result in the slow decline of hives—usually entire colonies of adult bees disappear from hives practically overnight. This is a strong indicator that the bees are leaving the hives relatively healthy, then coming in contact with something in the environment that confuses them enough that they can’t make it home again. Neonicotinoids, the main ingredients in many popular lawn and garden products and now the most common pesticides on earth, can kill bees outright and in smaller doses impair their ability to fly, navigate, and forage for food. To learn more about neonicotinoids and their impact on pollinators, check out this article by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Making Your House a Home

Providing food throughout the seasons will help to attract bees to your garden, but creating habitat opportunities will encourage them to stay and reproduce. Some wild bees are soil dwellers, digging tunnels for egg laying, while others burrow in wood. Keeping a small brush pile or some dead wood in your yard and allowing some tall grasses to grow can help to give the bees the materials they need to build their preferred home.

In addition, bees need access to fresh water to live. This can be something as simple as a bird bath with stones for bees to stand on or basically any shallow water source where they can drink, but not drown, will suffice. Providing water means the bees do not need to leave your property for a drink and will therefore be more likely to hang around.

What’s a Farmer to Do?

Farmers perhaps more than any other group tend to be aware of the plight of pollinators. Perhaps it is because they are partly dependent on pollinator success for their own success, or perhaps it’s because they spend their days outdoors in contact with nature. Either way, farmers across the US are showing great interest in protecting pollinators, and many workshops and resources are becoming available to help them do so. By planting pollinator mixes along hedgerows and in fallow ground, leaving scrap wood or brush piles in place, and providing bare ground for ground-nesting bees, farmers can help the bees while also increasing crop productivity and promoting ecological health.

At High Mowing we are engaged in a new effort to support our pollinator friends this year. Our farm crew took a trip to New Hampshire for a recent workshop offered by the Xerces Society and came back so excited to try out what they learned! So this year we’re using some great techniques to help native pollinators thrive on our 40-acre organic farm. These include:

  • Planting strips of pollinator-friendly flowers in the driverows within fields
  • Leaving an unmowed margin around each field to provide habitat
  • Maintaining our riparian zones, which were planted to native trees and flowers last year
  • Ensuring that existing hedgerows, brush piles and bare spaces remain intact
  • Supporting our native pollinators to reduce our purchases of imported bumblebees (which may carry diseases that can affect other species)

As seed growers dependent on the work of millions of bees for pollination of our seed crops, bees are essential to our survival. Check out this article Tom Stearns wrote last year to learn more about our amazing relationship with pollinators!

Bee the Change You Wish to See

Since you are reading this article, you probably do not consider bees to be a summertime nuisance. You probably already know that they are responsible for pollination of over 30% of our food supply, accounting for over $15 billion worth of apples, almonds, berries, cucumbers, squash, melons, and many more. You probably know that the bees need advocates…and safeguarding. And you are probably hoping to bee a part of the solution. By simply providing food, water, and habitat, you too can do your part.

Here are some pollinator-friendly plants we recommend, with their bloom times noted.

Want to keep it simple? Check out our Bee’s Garden Seed Collection!

Annual Flowers

Perennial Flowers

  • Aster (Late Fall)
  • Baptisia (Summer)
  • Bee Balm (Summer)
  • Black Eyed Susan (Late Summer-Fall)
  • Catmint (Summer-Fall)
  • Coreopsis (Summer)
  • Daisies (Summer)
  • Hyssop (Summer)
  • Joe Pye Weed (Late Summer)
  • Liatris (Summer)
  • Lobelia (Late Summer-Fall)
  • Lupine (Summer)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Russian Sage (Summer to Fall)
  • Salvia (Summer)
  • Scabiosa (Summer)

Herbs (Most bloom Summer-Fall)

Trees & Shrubs

  • Berries (Spring)
  • Fruit trees (Spring-Summer)
  • Lilac (Late Spring)
  • Witch Hazel (Varies)

Vegetables (Summer)

Cover Crops (Spring-Fall)

“Weeds”

  • Clover
  • Dandelion
  • Goldenrod
  • Milkweed
  • Vetch

ENTER TO WIN! We’re giving away a crate of pollinator-friendly goodies including a Bee’s Garden Organic Seed Collection from High Mowing Organic Seeds, seed bombs, tinctures from Urban Moonshine and skincare products from Badger Balm.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’re doing to help the bees this season!

Winner will be chosen using random.org on 6/15/14. One entry per person please.

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290 Responses to Bee the Change: Inviting Pollinators to the Table

  1. Tina Birdsall says:

    We have a biggish garden that includes a lot of flowering varieties of vegetables and herbs that the bees love!

    • In our school gardens and main production site, we interplant our vegetable crops with annual herbs and flowers to attract beneficial insects like bees and wasps. A new addition this year was a “nectary bed” full of perennial herbs chosen with bees and butterflies in mind.

    • Nancy Allen says:

      I recently read that planting marigolds and basil would deter flies and mosquitoes. So I planted the flower pots on our patio with them-now I see that these are also good for bees and the rest if my garden!

    • JGS says:

      Started Milkweed, Evening Primrose, Rosemary, Zinnia, Astor Marigolds and Oregano!

    • jim beer says:

      I have planted more flowers in the garden, and cut the grass higher and over longer periods to allow the clover and dandelions to bloom longer. This alone has increased the bee activity i see in my yard ten fold!

  2. Sue says:

    We always plant lots of flowers in our garden, including a big swath of buckwheat, which we let flower. We have tried to introduce lots of perennials into our pasture area that are both good forage and good bee food. This year we made a hive too, in the hopes of eventually having it full of happy bees!

  3. CC says:

    lots of organic local flowers planted this year and put up a couple of homemade bee habitats. forgot about providing water, so that’s the plan for this weekend as I work in the veggie garden. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Tammy says:

    I plant lots of pollinator plants as well as never use any pesticides or chemicals – all organic for us:)

  5. Fiona says:

    Planted new boulevard pollinator garden in front to add to huge perennial & vegetable garden in back & annual garden in front. Added to medicinal & culinary herbs as well. All organic, haven’t used pesticides for more than 20 years. All plants & seeds from only organic, non GMO sources & growers dedicated to helping preserve bees & pollinators.

  6. Olivia Hatcher says:

    We are working hard to maintain our beautiful bee-friendly plants & trees as well as starting bright summer annuals, herbs & a watermelon patch! We have a small apiary next door to us, so teaching our kids about bees is coming along naturally.

  7. Deby says:

    I just finished teaching a group of second graders the importance of bees and what they can do to help. Each child in the class planted a flower to take home. In my personal garden I have flowers planted everywhere, just for the pollinators. Plus, I have an herb garden which will help as well!

  8. Taylor says:

    I am going to add stones to my bird bath and I’m going to start prepping some beds for bee friendly flowers!

  9. Cheryl A says:

    Video 2014 Forum: Protecting Pollinators Panel
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkQ0E_Hy_40

  10. Cary Bradley says:

    Lovely idea!! Lovely collection. We are fortunate to have inherited a lush perennial garden and have added our own veg garden. Now the chives are flowering abundantly, some early planted mizuna is flowering, and a beautiful red clover is blooming, and pollinators are a-buzz! My favorite bee treat is to let some of my brassicas flower and watch the fun happen. These guys like our kales almost as much as we do! Tally-ho!

  11. Lauren Grimshaw says:

    We plant many of the flowers and herbs listed on our property. We also buy local honey to support beekeepers.

  12. Monika Fekete says:

    We have a garden filled with medicinal and culinary herbs, lots of variations for the bees to snack on.

  13. Kendall says:

    We have bees on our property and are working hard at trying to make it more bee friendly. We are planting more flowers and our vegetables. We plant lots of natives also around the property for the native bees. Don’t spray any pesticides. We love them and want them to be healthy.

  14. Judy H. says:

    I’m growing vegetables organically, and planting plenty of sunflowers for the bees.

  15. Darci says:

    No pesticide use in my garden. And I plant a bunch of marigolds scattered throughout. Helps repel bad bugs and attract good!

  16. Rachel says:

    We’ve got marigolds, basil, mint, and other herbs in our gardens this year. It’s our first year to have a garden and we’ve noticed that there are nearly no bees in our backyard. Hubby was looking to meet up with someone who’s a natural bee keeper (doesn’t use medicines on them) and has cleared an area to hopefully start beekeeping next year.

  17. Sue Hicks says:

    I planted buckwheat in early spring in about 1/2 acre area for the first time this year

  18. steph says:

    we began at the community gardens this year, which is also a wildlife sanctuary- its all organic, so no chemicals for us (weve never used them at home anyways), none for the bees! Lots of bright beautiful flowers and herbs they love!

  19. No pesticides are ever used on my land, large swaths of clover and lemon balm have been planted, and dandelions are encouraged.

  20. Dixie Townsend says:

    This is my first year planting anything at all from seed and we have a tiny apartment but I am not letting that stop me and my family from helping the bees. We are growing a container garden outside using High Mowings container garden seed set. It includes some plants that the bees love and we love too!

  21. Debbie says:

    We are adding hives to our homestead this year. Two hives coming next week. We do have the bee friendly seed collection and only purchased sunflower seeds that have pollen rather than the pollen less ones. We do lots of veggie gardening and are mixing in flowering plants for the bees. We have a pond to provide water. We hope our bees will be happy here!

  22. Stacey says:

    Lots of Clover in our Hayfield, flower gardens, flowering herbs, plenty of veggies to pollinate, always organic.

  23. Linda T says:

    High Mowing Seeds rock! I switched to them last year because of the high principles of the owners, which follow my own beliefs. As an organic grower and consumer, in my year-round greenhouse there’s always has something in bloom, but in the winter there are no insects to pollinate, so I use a small fan to encourage pollination. My organic vegetable gardens attract insects, and my many flower beds are always buzzing with bees! Everything organic – no pesticides or chemicals for me!

  24. Amy Kotthaus says:

    We plant all kinds of veggies and a “bee mix” of flowers for the bees. We also let local bee keepers put their hives on our property.

  25. mary says:

    Everything organic…wildlife encouraged!

  26. Janis Hall says:

    When I started my garden last year I was focused on vegetables, trying to be most practical in terms of my time/space and saving money on the grocery bill. But this year I vowed to do more for the pollinators. Flowers with herbal uses, like Calendula, were my first choice. I also started a lot of Sweet Alyssum and french marigold, which turned out to be very sturdy in the transplanting process. I’m setting these and other flowers into the garden at the ends of all the rows. Any gaps in the rows where my veggie seeds did not germinate, I am putting in a flower transplant or a nasturtium seed. I also let a lot of dill and cilantro re-seed from last year’s plants.

    I think the pollinators will be happy, but also the beneficial insects like tachnid flies, which I spotted in the garden last year. Avoiding pesticides results in such a fascinating garden ecosystem, and I am enjoying learning what’s out there!

    • Janis Hall says:

      Oh, and I almost forgot, Buckwheat! I sowed it in areas that I’m converting to new garden space, and I even included some in my big pots of decorative annuals… I thought it might have a kinds baby’s breath effect, we’ll see!

  27. Every time we have an area of that garden that is open (no planted to a crop) we are planting buckwheat, including a 50′ x 50′ area. The pollinators love their flowers!

  28. Schirin says:

    Here in the city were working on creating more beautiful gardens and niches of perennials for pollinators (and people!). Thank you!

  29. Erica says:

    I wrote a letter to the editor of our town newspaper about the dangers of neonicotinoids. We keep bees and have a big garden that has never seen a pesticide.

  30. Jim Rupert says:

    We regularly plant two good-sized raised bed gardens with veggies and squash-type vining plants. This year we have removed a large lilac bush and started another bulb garden. The adjacent bed has been re-worked and now has plenty of new flowers for the bee population.

  31. Kc green says:

    Borage!!!!

  32. Jasmine says:

    Hosting wildflower seed planting dance parties!

  33. We have planted a ton of sunflowers and zinnia flowers at our garden in central Florida. We let the sunflowers go to seed and replant themselves naturally so there are so many in our area and they are gorgeous, sunflowers are a favorite for bees!! They help pollinate everything in our garden and for that I am grateful to the hardworking bees.

  34. Zach Frey says:

    Gardening organically and practicing organic lawn care. Planning to convert part of the lawn to a wildflower/pollinator patch, although honestly that might not happen until next year. Winning a pollinator seed collection would help move that schedule up. :)

  35. Patty O'Driscoll says:

    We have a large vegetable garden, lots of the flowers and bushes mentioned above, a brush area along the back of the property, a herb garden, a very small bird bath in the garden, and we do not use any pesticides. I will be planting annuals in the vegetable garden now after reading this article. I am also interested in bee keeping and am looking into keeping some hives.

  36. Catherine says:

    My son just received his first shipment of bees on his 14th birthday on May 25. He built his own hive and we have been preparing our acreage for their arrival. Already on the property are lilacs, caragana, cherry, apple, plum and apricot trees, and to that we’ve added a large variety of flowers and the garden is coming up. He looks forward to adding another hive soon.

  37. Kristine says:

    My father was an avid beekeeper decades ago, but when the city sprayed pesticides on some of the city’s trees, he had to move them. Unfortunately, he never got back into it. Now my husband and I are living with my parents and we’re helping them to create a bee sanctuary in the back corner of their garden. Throughout the year we let a section of our vegetable patches bolt and use flower seed mixes for both bees and birds to enjoy. We have several water stations throughout the yard and hope to create more secret, low oases with small, refillable pools of sugar water for exhausted insects that need a quick pick-me-up. We’ve built one insect hotel with an old CD rack and pruned back apple tree branches and hope to build a few more. Seeing my Dad get excited about the bees again has been one of the best rewards of this entire project. Thank you for the advice, the tips, and the seed packets!

  38. Hollie Blevins says:

    We just planted sunflowers and I can’t wait for them to grow. I will also try to leave a few stones in a bird bath for the bees to drink but not drown. I would have never thought of that but what a great idea!

  39. Tessa Neill says:

    Since I strive to be the best steward of the little bit of earth I have, I’ve been busy creating natural places for all critters. Water features, bug hotels, and planting a lot of what is on your list above. I’ve been fascinated watching everything unfold this year and have gotten out of the way. I watched as 8 lady bugs appeared out of nowhere after I sprayed a sugar solution to attract them to a vine that had a few aphids. So lots going on in my yard, including the bees, both honey and solitary. I’d love to win this kit to help with creating this needed balance in my yard. When I moved in the was not one flower! But we’re getting there!

  40. Karla Boemig says:

    What am I doing to help the bees? Besides the ethereal stuff and sharing information… I am urban gardening on a deck in SW FL. Got lots of herbs, tomatoes and mint by the bushels! No pesticide use what so ever. Fostering lots of flowers and fruit trees in my complex. Staying involved with March Against Monsanto and planning a plant sharing/giving event for late Summer when we get to start planting again. Although it might not sound like much, my one little deck garden has sparked many others around me into also gardening! Long live the bees and the humans.

  41. Meg says:

    My husband and I plant a modest garden with veggies, herbs, and flowers. We also keep a bee hive for honeybees and provide plenty of water with shallow dishes and muddy areas. We mow as infrequently as possible and keep several ‘wild’ areas, especially with large patches of clover. We have not ever used chemicals in our yard or garden and have even gotten our neighbors involved in our healthy habits. We are very conscious of our efforts in the hopes we are counteracting the damage done by the commercial farms that surround us.

  42. Patti says:

    I had so many pollinators in my previous garden and am starting over at our new home by again planting pollinator friendly plants and native species from sources that do not use pesticides. We garden organically.

  43. Therese Mullins says:

    I will be planting more flowers and increasing my vegetables in our garden this year! I love bees!

  44. Patricia Hanna says:

    We have an abundance of fruit trees, blackberries and always plant herbs and have flowers . And if there are wildflowers coming up in our yard we mow around them .. Love our bees, butterflies, and bumblebees !!!!

  45. Jackie says:

    No chemicals and as many friendly pollinator plants as I can grow!

  46. Nikki says:

    No chemicals in the yard, and (nearly) year round flowering plants.

  47. Khanh says:

    In the past I’ve only grown edibles, but last fall and this spring I’ve planted flowering shrubs and flowers primarily for the bees.

  48. Kimberly Proffitt says:

    I chose all of my annuals with bees in mind this year and added more bee-attracting herbs to my garden (a great way to try some new things!) as well as bee-friendly perennials to the landscape. Instead of overseeding our lawn with grass, we chose clover. And no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, ever. There is a great campaign in our area to raise awareness of the importance of bees: Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives (http://www.thebeezkneezdelivery.com/healthy-bees-healthy-lives/). I am supporting it in simple but important ways: putting a sign in my yard, contacting legislators, attending events. Bees are the best! (High Mowing Organic also!)

  49. gloria munise alves says:

    I plant lots of sunflowers and flowers that bees love. I also plant a vegetable garden, have fruit trees and bushes and only use organic practices. I love to see all my bees on the flower head each year!

  50. andrea says:

    This summer I am excited to be planting a large garden with many medicinal plants, heirloom vegetables, corn and indigenous flowers. I am especially excited about growing calendula flowers, gotu kola, elecampane and many other plants that I will be able to share with my friends and family to make hand salves, tea and tinctures! My garden plot is at a large community garden space in Burlington that is surrounded by many small-organic farms! So hopefully with all of the flowers blooming, fruit growing and use of no pesticides the bee’s will be staying extra healthy and happy!

  51. Erin says:

    We delay mowing the yard to allow access to all the wonderful dandelions! Planting, Planting, Planting, we are organic dairy farmers,,,,LOVE the honey bees!!!

  52. Tricia Johnson says:

    This year planting zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, bee balm, melons, squash, hairy vetch for ground cover, lavender, borage, basil, thyme, catnip, chives, liatris, purple coneflower, bachelor’s button and poppies….all from seed. We love bees:}

  53. Kimm Thornton says:

    I change careers. I now work for a NON GMO seed company. I daily work at promoting Organic non harmful pest and herbicide controls..I recently wrote an article about the harmful roadside spraying that ODOT and other governmental agency’s are doing. I have actively changed my life because this is life.. I don’t mow the dandelions like I should..especially around emergence time and flowers plants and trees are scarce
    Peace..
    Kimm

  54. Kim P says:

    I started a container garden in my back yard, and the bees have been swarming the soil on hot days. I just ordered a Bee’s Garden, and the seeds have already sprouted. I’ll be setting up planters among the vegetable pots. Very excited to grow something for these little guys!

  55. I’m thrilled to know I already have a great bee garden going! Our cilantro grows like a weed here, I have tone of sunflowers, sweet alyssum, cantaloupe/melons, basil, marigolds, Californua poppies, zinnias (one if my favorites), and more!! It’s an easy task here in Southern California…our lavender is in now-and I hope that will help too!

  56. Meadow L Young says:

    We are on our second year of bee keeping. Keep
    Your fingers crossed. We spent our first two year planting
    Flowers, shrubs, tree and veggies for the bees.
    They seem to like purple, yellow and white flowers more.
    Especially brocoli and celery so we put more of those in.
    The bird bath is used by the bees. And other insects as well.
    We also made a couple of bats houses for the bats.
    All half the property are woods so we leave piles of branches
    And logs. Here’s for hoping.

  57. Jordana Levine says:

    We are doing raised bed gardens this summer. And will be planting many of the vegetables and herbs listed above. We will not be using any chemicals, all of our vegetable and herb plants were started with high mowing seeds :-) and we’re using organic compost soil. We also planted two blueberry bushes. There is ample shallo water around our house for bees to drink as well. And we have a brushpile outside.

  58. Angela says:

    We provide a variety of bee friendly flowers and plants along with lots of natural clover. I see plenty happy bees in the garden.

  59. Kristin pike says:

    I have planted marigolds, sunflowers and many other flowers in and around my garden :) happy bees = a happy garden!

  60. Maria says:

    Our garden is divided into a veggie plot, wild flowers and herb garden.
    The bees tend to love the purple and yellow flowers the most from my observations.

    We have Lavender, chives, Mint, Lemon Balm, Cat Mint, flat leaf and curly parsley, Rocket, Coriander, wild garlic, Rosemary, Lemon Basil, Lobelia, purple sprouting broccoli which I allow to flower, raspberrys, strawberrys, Blueberrys, Goosebery, Broad Beans, Courgettes, potatoes, Pansies, Nigella sativa, Marigolds, Roses, Poppies, Geraniums, Snow Drops, Daffodils, Primroses, Blue/White bells, Lillys, Fuchsia, Yellow and Purple Hether, Carnations, Solidago, A bush with purple flowers (dont know its name) and a host of other flowers that I have no idea what they are, they just appear and the bees seem to love them.

    Love nature and Bees :)

  61. Meg Ashling says:

    Although we rent in a four-plex and have a pretty small backyard, I’ve managed to fit about 50 varieties of herbs and flowers in containers and an old bookshelf that I turned into a garden bed. I use 100% organic plants, soil, and compost. I live in Austin, TX in a neighborhood without a lot of bee-friendly landscaping, and I’ve already noticed tons of bees in my garden even though nothing is blooming quite yet. This leads me to believe that the bees are hungry and they’re anticipating the nectar from my garden! I have lots of oregano, marjoram, thyme, borage, mountain mint, calendula, several varieties of basil, hyssop, anise hyssop, lemon verbena, rosemary, and the list goes on and on!

  62. Farmer Trogg says:

    On the farm we plant 2 – 100′ beds of a mix of these annuals for each acre we plant in veggies. Plus there is all the squash and cukes and herbs, and we have half our acreage in a clover mix. Oh, and we don’t spray a single thing – just us, the bees, and the animals out in the fields.

  63. Amber Maple says:

    We started beekeeping this spring and have 2 hives, plus planted a wildflower garden and are about to put in our veggie and herb garden. We also have fruit trees and berry bushes for our bee friends. We don’t use chemical fertilizers, but organic, all-natural ones. Thanks HMS for the great articles and the contest!

  64. Jaime says:

    Each year we plant more flowers for the bees…I particularly love how they buzz around the large bee balm patches and the mint when it blooms. Although they can be invasive we let them grow for our little buzzy friends! We have goal of planting more fruit trees and berry bushes this year, my dreams are of orchards, but given the size of the yard it may be more like 3 or 4 new trees…but every little bit helps!

  65. Kristine Nesse says:

    At home: lots of organically grown flowers, herbs, veggies and other pollinator friendly practices.

    Otherwise: as an MG volunteer established a pollinator border as a demonstration garden. Also, develop and distribute educational materials. At our first seasonal farmers market, the kids activity will focus on pollinators and informational handouts will go home with kids and adults.

  66. Katelyn says:

    We plant friendly flowers, let our native plants bloom in our yard, no pesticides, let herbs go to seed, and have squash. The bees really like the cilantro! Need to add a shallow water area!

  67. Sarah says:

    We’ve planted purple and red bee balm this year. We didn’t mow the dandelions in the lawn when there weren’t many flowers in the garden for the bees. We’ve kept our vegetable garden, fruit trees and blueberry bushes all organic. I planted marigolds around the entire perimeter of the vegetable garden. My husband planted clover in the backyard instead of grass after doing his landscaping project.

  68. Rebecca says:

    I plant for my neighbors bees across the street. My zone does not allow everything suggested but so far I’m on track pretty well/

  69. Linda says:

    I garden organically and avoid harsh pesticides. I have been letting my collards, broccoli and cilantro flower and go to seed for the bees. They love the cilantro… :-) Would love to win this awesome give away. Thanks for offering…

  70. Stefanie says:

    I have a large organic veggie garden, an herb garden and ton of flowers! It seems that so do most of our neighbours so there is a healthy bee population in out little cul de sac!

  71. My friend Rob Greenfield and I are touring across the country this Summer – with a mission to plant a trail of millions of wildflowers for the bees & pollinators along a bike route. We’re also planting wild edibles and connecting with communities across America to initiate community garden projects and organize seed planting parties! We’re planning to gather and give out free seeds to people across the communities we’ll reach so that the efforts to support the pollinators is shared by many!

    The big idea is draw people together with awareness and fun activities to support the changes we wish to see in our world. Growing food, supporting nature, and working together are some of the most rewarding things we all focus on these days – making for happier, healthier people, communities, and Earth!

    We encourage anyone interested to join along with us! (http://robgreenfield.tv/Freestyle-Gardening/)

  72. Debra Clark says:

    I am 62 yrs old, and grew up with a garden, and canning our own food. As a young woman I took on the citylife, and forgot all about “fresh” foods. I moved to 6 acres 10 yrs ago, let the old garden spot go natural for 9 of those years, and planted a vegetable garden for the first time, this year. I have let the land go back to its natural state. I NEVER bush hog, or cut it. If a tree dies or falls, I leave it for Mother Nature to handle. I now have wild huckleberry bushes everwhere, I had violets and wisteria in the spring. Clover, Thistle,buttercups, and lots of blackberries, as I have not mowed anything down for 3 yrs.
    I planted wildflower seeds,sunflowers, zinnia, and marigolds around the garden, put up bird baths, and have not used any pesticides. I have only used rabbit manure that accumalated under the rabbit cages for fertlizer.I planted extra cabbages and leafy greens so there is enough,for the wild animals tooo.!lol. My neighbors all think I am crazy! But, that’;s okay.
    I have grandchildren that are helping in the garden, and the flower beds, and I am trying to teach them as much as I can about growing and eating Natural Organic foods. I have taught 3 of them to make jelly and preserves, and this year we will can tomatoes, make salsa, and can green beans.
    I hope to leave this legacy for them. I want them to live healthy, so that they do not have the health issues that I have. You see, I have Fibromyalgia, arthritus, clinical depression,etc. Only after I changed my food sources, did I begin to live again.
    I would so love to have some of your seeds. I am on a very limited budget, but will save toward buying some for the fall.

  73. Joanne Dyer says:

    I told Home Depot and Lowe’s I’ve boycotted their garden centers until I’m guaranteed they do not sell plants that are sprayed with bee & butterfly killing pesticides. I now only purchase from my local farm who has their own bee-hives, make their own honey and assured me their flowers and herbs are not sprayed with pesticides.

  74. Johanna says:

    I’m adding flowers at the periphery of my garden beds to attract bees and provide them with nectar in spring. Also, we have expanded our mint patch which the local bees seem to love.

  75. Amber says:

    We are planting a hefty amount of bee-attracting perennials around the house, such as borage, and we also are talking to people in the surrounding area about the downsides of insecticidal use throughout yards. In our rented community garden plots, we do no spraying. Also for the first time, we are starting beekeeping! Our package of bees arrives next week and we are hopeful and excited.

  76. Robert says:

    My daughter and I planted our first garden together this year. We also planted a flower garden in close proximity. All organic. We live in Arizona, so we planted near two large trees for some shade during part of the day. I don’t know what type of trees they are, but, earlier in the year, they were full of tiny flowers and chock full of bees!

  77. LISA ANGE says:

    I’m shopping and only purchasing/planting organic flower seed this year. Am presently taking a class on Honey Bees at local college. Hope to start Honey bee hive next spring :)
    I got rid of lawn in entire backyard 20 years ago by smothering & planted native plants from our local conservation district. I have (approx12 yards) of FREE tree chips dropped by a tree service every spring, that I use to cover the entire backyard area with & always leave the leaf litter over winter. I Have always allowed native herbaceous perennials (AKA weeds) in managed areas. Never use any chemicals.

  78. Jen says:

    I have been growing milkweed for years now, for the Monarch butterfly, I didn’t even know the bees liked it. I just planted sunflowers and every year I add a few more flowers to our Perennial garden, I see I already have most of the perennials from your list. Yay

  79. Michael says:

    We planted two more fruit trees this spring, plus one from three years ago. We also have Butterfly and Hummingbird and Bee friendly flowers and bushes plus vines. Have yet to draw any Honey Bees, or any kind of bees. Will see if this year is better.

  80. Stacy Welmaker says:

    This is my second year beekeeping – and I love it. Even more important than having the bees – is teaching my kids about bees. They are right in the hives with me seeing the hard work the bees do for us.

  81. Nicole says:

    We’re always looking for more plants which are bee friendly. This list is very helpful!

  82. Alyssa says:

    I am delighted to see a lot of things I’ve been planting on this list! We’ve been enjoying the little milkweeds that are popping up around our home and making sure we spread their seeds widely each year. Borage has also been delightfully prolific. My dream of dreams is also occurring this year – my 10 year old is apprenticing a local beekeeper and is tending his own hive at their homestead.

  83. Fern Springs says:

    I have planted an organic garden and have many native and herbal flower plants in my yard. I do not use chemical products in my yard.

  84. Paula Boyea says:

    I have always planted organic/heirloom seeds and plants. I encourage native and herbal plants in my garden as well as the rest of our property. I have never used chemical products on my lawn or garden. Hoping to find a beekeeper in our area with whom I can apprentice.

  85. mary says:

    We let our lawn (not true grass but weeds growing together mostly clover, garlic, onion & whatever the birds have dropped) go pretty long between mowing (we often have a buzz of bumblebees). We don’t spray anything but organic & only if we have to, we are working toward an edible landscape & a memory garden.

  86. Jessica says:

    I planted liatris in the front of my house and many herbs and cucumber, melon and squash in the back. I taught the kids not to swat or squish the bees! We don’t use pesticides, either.

  87. Kelly says:

    I planted a wildflower patch in my garden for the bees. I also let a lot of my herbs flower. Instead of fighting dandelions, I let them take over my fields and wait to mow until they have bloomed in the sring.

  88. Marie says:

    This year, we built another raised garden bed just for flowers and herbs in hopes that it will improve pollination of our fruits and veggies. We also are starting to attend beekeeping meetings through our extension office. We would like to be beekeepers next year. There are many good ideas posted here that I would love to try, also.

  89. shelly says:

    I started an organic garden this year. And I have a few regular bees that have started coming around.

  90. Chris Bussler says:

    We are trying to learn more about bees and beekeeping. My husband is researching how to keep bees and we are very careful about what we use in our garden as a pesticide.

  91. Jenn Buddy says:

    I planted tons of flowers, this is my first season gardening, I’m so excited

  92. judi says:

    we have a new field that is planted with buckwheat.
    did the same thing last year, until the day got too warm you could see the whole field moving and sound was incredible…bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  93. Gypsy says:

    I am very fortunate to have a wild bee tree in the edge of the woods behind my home! I have planted honeysuckles, seeded my yard in mixed clovers and alfalfa. I don’t pull my “weeds” and I have planted a half dozen new fruit trees this year. When my honey and maple syrup jars are “empty” I leave them as offerings for the bees to polish clean. I sowed pennyroyal all around my pond, and scattered wildflower mix everywhere!

  94. Sue Hacker says:

    NO chemicals, and we keep as many of the native flowers that we can including milkweed for the butterflies too. Working on a permaculture system. Maybe someday we’ll be able to raise bees.

  95. Shelley Stone says:

    I have planted many of the plants listed above to attract pollinators. I am always organic and NEVER use chemical fertilizer or pesticides. Thank you for all that Highmowindseeds does!

  96. Pam Murphy says:

    Over the years, I’ve been adding perennial flowers and flowering bushes/trees for the bees and other pollinators. Adding fruit and vegetable gardening seems to have attracted many bees as well. Borage is also a handy self seeding plant. Russian sage (perovskia atripifolia) is a regular sonication symphony! I feel so strongly about providing food for bees that I started a small business selling wildflowers that I grow from seed. Am also learning how to let go of chemical fertilizers and weed killers. Soil microbiology is key for the health of the garden system and the bees, too!

  97. Rachel Kring says:

    We already avoid pesticides and plant flowers for the bees. My kids and I will also try making some little “bee baths” around the yard.

  98. Toni says:

    Have an NRCS Pollinator Habitat area planted on our farm and this year included a Monarch Way Station with lots of Milkweeds.

  99. Jessica Krauss says:

    I keep bees so no chemicals what so ever… Lots of high pollen yielding plants and embracing dandelions! My bees could use all the help they can get after being attacked by a bear twice! But they’re still buzzing:)

  100. We don’t spray any of our berries or apples, I allow my herbs to flower, and I plant sunflowers and a pollinator border around my vegetable gardens.

  101. Kathleen Hall says:

    I’ve taken a few classes with master bee keepers in preparation for having a few hives of my own next year. Never use chemicals. Have planted a bee and butterfly friendly perennial garden-complete with a solar fountain- next to a stand of native milkweed that we never mow. Have an herb garden and colorful annuals. Grow vegetables and berries and hoping to get some fruit trees established.

  102. Cindy Falabella says:

    Planted lots of veggies, sunflowers, basil and calendular. I also have TONS of mint and bee balm!

  103. Elizabeth says:

    We have two bee hives that we got this spring. Our intention is just to keep the bees thriving not necessarily to get honey. We also have a wide variety of flowering plants that are beneficial for pollinators. We do not use pesticides.

  104. Cari says:

    I have planted hyssop, chives, and lavender among the fruit trees in our orchard. I’ve also added some perennials to our garden like hollyhocks and coneflowers. I always let the last of my cool weather veggies go to seed so that the bees can enjoy the flowers and I can harvest the seeds for the next season.

  105. Allison says:

    I’d like to add Joe Pye Weed and Mountain Mint to the list of excellent sources of nectar! But does anyone know about dead heading these for more flower production? Also, delay cleaning up the fall garden until the soil warms in the spring and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of Praying Mantis egg sacks you find! Here’s to entering to win! Fingers crossed!

  106. Arpit says:

    Save the dandelions and clover and creeping Charlie and other small “weeds” that people find in their lawns — these are great sources of nectar for pollinators.

  107. Frances says:

    BEE YOU ti FULL! Bee’s have already started coming around! <3 Clover, dandelions, and daisies…as well plum trees are in bloom! Happy Bees!

  108. Robin says:

    Forever and always organically maintained property. We have berries everywhere, giant trees, flowers of all sorts and a lush habitat for the bees.

  109. forestfirefarm says:

    Never spray and and have all sorts of goodness growing for the wonderful bees!! thank you!

  110. Eleanor Teplin says:

    I bought my first house last fall. This year we are hard at work putting in a new garden and cultivating the wonderful flowers that were already there and being neglected. I am really looking forward to building a top bar bee hive and giving the bees a safe healthy home!

  111. Sara says:

    I have flowers and herbs and veggies all mixed together. My herbs often go to flower and the broccoli gets away from me sometimes and I leave it for the bees. And I’ve been saying I need more variety in color, but I guess all that yellow is good for something.

  112. Gun sonpal says:

    We are trying again, 2 hives of honey bees. They are such good company in the garden where we grow vegetables, herbs and flowers all intermixed, a real feast!

  113. Deb Taft says:

    I keep bees based on what I learned directly from Gunther Hauk (Toward Saving the Honeybee) and from Ross Conrad’s awesome book, Natural Beekeeping. I also educate others about bees constantly, both through casual conversations and formal talks or workshops.

  114. Kim says:

    We always welome the bees to our small garden. We grow summer and winter squash, cucumbers, basil, sunflowers and a nice stand of Russian Sage. We have a foundation next to our house that they have not started building on and last year we planted Sunflowers all the way around the foundation every 12 inches. It looked great when they all flowered and attracted many bees. We are well aware of the bee issue and about how fast they were disappearing and always try to do our part to attract and sustain the bees.

  115. Carol Mentos says:

    I have been gardening organically since my first garden in 1983. At my home now I have a wide variety of bee friendly flowers, vegetables, and herbs. I am passing on my knowledge to my middle school students with a school garden.

  116. Diane says:

    My garden is exclusively organic, and I have convinced my neighbors to discontinue spraying pesticides too. I grow many of the flowers on your list, and add something new every year. I teach my kids the importance of bees instead of being scared of them!

  117. connie jorgensen says:

    I let the dandelions bloom and grow. In fact my small lawn is what I have deemed my herbal lawn. :) The bees love the dandelions that bloom first thing in the spring. And I also let the wild alaskan fireweed bloom, which the bees are very fond of. Happy gardening to you all.

  118. I bought a bee hive last year and another this year and hopefully continue to do so each year and I am planting more blue and purple flowers for the bees and I have continued to plant more berries for them and in the spring I always do not mow my dandelions till they have bloomed for the bees, luckly I live on 3 acres so I have lots of room but I am trying to keep planting for the bees and my gardening, using only cayanne and vinegar,garlic for pests and weeds

  119. brandy says:

    We have a plot in our community garden. We are looking into adding native flowers to our yard. Thanks for the info. I will look at basil flowers differently now.

  120. Kellie says:

    We have an old orchard where we have Mason bee houses. We don’t use pesticide on the property and we have lots of flowers and vegetables.

  121. Sharon says:

    I always plant a 1/4 of a row with mixed annuals that are bee friendly: zinnia, cosmos, marigold, etc. This year we planted a dwarf cosmos variety (Sonata mix) between the dwarf okra (Little Lucy) and we’ll see how that goes.

  122. Joy says:

    We are trying to have bee-friendly flowers from earliest spring to winter. Also, no herbicides ever!

  123. Jessica Anselmi says:

    We have eliminated all plants that were bought from companies like Lowe’s that have bee killing agents sprayed on or genetically implanted within them. We have planted a small orchard of a variety of fruit trees along with flowers and plants of all varieties to support a healthy, balanced garden.

  124. carol says:

    I plant bee loving perennial flowers of all kinds including herbs. I have only used organic products in my yard and encourage my neighbors to do the same. I plant marigolds and nasturtiums in my garden with the vegetables to keep out pests. We planted 3 apple trees, more blossoms for the bees. We allow the mason bees to drill holes in the yard in the early spring. I am constantly fighting their fight!

  125. Christine Reid says:

    Like always, we do not use pesticides in our garden. We either handpick the pests or we encourage the beneficial insects by planting milkweeds, herbs, etc. We also put in the plants that bees love, like native flowers, herbs and heirloom vegetables. It works! We have a healthy garden with lots of pollinators. It’s nice to be in the garden.

  126. Deeni says:

    We have a small garden, but our empty field is across the street from our neighbor’s hives. We are planting native, bee friendly, wild flowers.

  127. julie says:

    My first garden in over 14 years, so exciting, and it’s all High mowing seeds with homemade pest control!

  128. Rachel says:

    We have a hive of honey bees we keep on our small property! In addition to the veggie patch we have plenty of flowers including spring bulbs, calendula, bee balm, zinnias, lillies, and sunflowers for them to nosh on. We rarely mow and instead let the lawn go wild and let the honey bees and horses have their way with it!

  129. Amber J says:

    We seem to have several types of bees on our property all ready but this year we are focusing on planting more herbs and flowers for them. We also let a lot of native plants (and weeds) grow and flower on our property every year.

  130. Margarita says:

    I always keep a big patch of coriander or parsley that I let flower and go to seed not only for the bees but for the ladybugs and hover flies and all the other beneficials that may come along!

  131. Gail Vance says:

    Although I have been gardening organically for over 40 years I thought this year it was time to do more. I have planted berries, fruit trees, and flowering herbs. Although it keeps crawling into my garden beds, I only partly cut back the honeysuckle and the boxwood so it will flower. This year I bought a top bar frame (and have plans to build another) and installed my first bees. BTW, you list azalea in your bee friendly list and they taught us in bee school that azalea, rhododendrons, and mountain laurel were all toxic to bees.

  132. Cindy S says:

    I plant herbs, basil, cinnamon basil, purple basil, catnip, peppermint, chocolate mint, sage, and lavender. We also plant a big garden, and several flower beds. We use only organic and never pesticides. We are also starting an interest in native plants.

  133. Debra says:

    I plan on getting bees next year, I have a hive now and am getting my yard ready for bees next year. I will be making a second hive as well…I am planting native trees, bushes and pollinator flowers. I am growing patches of white and purple clover through my one acre yard… I have never used pesticides or fertilizer. I am more interested in getting bees for them and not so much trying to harvest a bunch of honey. They will always come first.

  134. Zone1man says:

    Planted about 400 sunflowers, Large and Small.

    Have about 50 Pow Wow Wild Berry Going too!

  135. Marie-Lucie says:

    In my space I have planted a lot of Lemon Queen sunflowers, bee balm, marigolds,and zinnias. I also have herbs such as thyme, dill, and lavender. I thank the pollinators in the garden by growing a variety of goodness for them.

  136. kurt says:

    I added a pebble bath for bees and butterflies, we have many of the varities mentioned. Plus magnolia and dogwood. Bluberries too. Noticed a real decline in bee presence this year.

  137. Lise says:

    Lots of diversity in planting – letting the lawn turn into a meadow – wildflowers galore – a blooming Hawthorne tree that hums so loudly it is amazing – flowers, herbs, veggies gone to flower. I’ll try more of the clumping approach, since that is suggested not only for bees but for Monarch butterflies as well.

  138. Leann L says:

    We started last year planting a garden as well as flowers for the bees. We are doing the same. They love coming around our flowers. So happy to see them. :-)

  139. Since tropical storm Irene nearly wiped us out completely in 2011, my husband and I have been cleaning up our badly damaged land and trying to figure out a new future. Thus far, we have rebuilt much of the 4 acres around our house and 3/4 of our 20 acre hayfield. Seeking a peaceful “hobby/challenge” to get my mind off our troubles, a nucleus colony of honeybees last year was the only thing on my Christmas wish list. The family farming ventures of my childhood could never include bees because my mother was deathly allergic to them.
    Prior to the flood, we had perennial gardens and a small orchard bordered by over a hundred trees flanking our brook and giving us total privacy. Those included a long lilac hedge and 5 prized twenty-five year old nut-bearing hazelnut trees. Last year, I planted over 500 small trees along our stream bank , many in small pockets of dirt I hand packed between sterile rock piles. In the area where our 40′ barn had been in front of our house, there are now 80 little silky dogwoods coming along on our new bank with whatever perennial roots I could rescue. I learned about seed bombs from attending a small local honey festival and broadcast a handful along with wildflower seeds from the dollar store. Our first post-Irene garden in 2012 was in 5 gallon pails because we literally had no dirt, only rocks near our house and fine sterile sand everywhere else. But with help, nature heals itself (and us) over time. In 2014, we finally have a fabulous in-ground garden about 20′ x 30′ started. Though we estimate our land’s “recovery” will take us a full 10 years to complete, not every day is all about what we have lost anymore.
    Unfortunately, my first hive of bees died in the second wave of this winter’s long deep -30 degree freeze. Despite living paycheck to paycheck since Irene, that first hive inspired us to make a mammoth leap of faith this year and invest in 5 new hives. We hope that honeybees will someday become a major component in our small farm. We know they are critical to the rebirth of our once beautiful rural Vermont land. To date, we have now sown over 2 ton of seed on our field and are now embarking on sowing 3 types of clover seed. This year we will delay haying until after clover bloom to help feed the bees and other pollinators. Our farm motto is “Miracles grow where you plant them”, a phrase borrowed from a little garden sign we were given for our wedding many years ago (and now practically our mantra).
    Bees are both fascinating and frustrating. They are terribly expensive and infinitely humbling. Sometimes I wonder if perhaps it is because somehow they know that we need them and yet they do not need us at all? I’ve grown a lot since the flood. Through example, honeybees have accidentally become not just my co-workers but my tiny life instructors as well. -Heather Kennedy Bridgewater, Vermont

  140. Kat says:

    I have added cosmos, am letting some lettuces go to seed and am encouraging clover in my lawn. I love identifying bees in my small yard :)

  141. Codeman says:

    I let my yard get tall and i spread random native wildflower around and i have seen crazy amounts of bee’s this spring! Grass length 3 1/2 inch and i cut it often avoiding the flowers and then i grow LOTS of native flowers on the border on my lawn and in the woods near us.

  142. Annie says:

    We have bees galore around our place. We encourage them by keeping a water supply available to them, and not pruning the flowering plants. They sometimes are so thick in the chicken waterers that the chickens can’t drink, but we don’t do anything to discourage them because they’re so important.

  143. Rachel says:

    I have lots of flowering plants around our garden. This year I have let some kale flower that I planted last fall instead of pulling it out. Also, I’m paying more attention to the flowers that the bees are drawn to in the garden and which they don’t seem to visit.

  144. faye says:

    No pesticides and plant, plant, plant!

  145. Laurie Moulaison says:

    Good blog post! We’re sort of newbies to gardening but any beginning is a good start. We’re planting flowers of colors bees are attracted too and planting a bigger veggie garden. I’m not using pesticides,ever! Although I may not be “certified” organic,I’m certainly purchasing only organic matter and heirloom seeds and plants for our garden. As single mom with only a part time income,it’s taken more than I thought out of the rent money. But knowing we’ll be healthier and so will the enviroment,takes the “sting” out of it so to speak

  146. Desiree Giroux says:

    My husband and I just bought our first house this winter and now we are working to fill our land with a mix of flowering plants – annuals, perennials, fruit bushes and trees, and plenty of herbs. Not to mention the large garden we are working on. :)

  147. dori says:

    I grow a variety of flowers – mostly perennials – to add diversity to my garden and attract pollinators and “good bugs”
    From reading this article, I now am going to leave my broccoli in the garden after it has gone to seed. Never thought to do that before.
    My hubby built me some orchard bee houses last year and I’m so excited to see them attract the bees.
    And, obviously, no pesticides.

  148. Jamie says:

    On a tiny plot of land I have planted blackberry, blueberry, strawberry plants, a grape vine, cherry, peach and apple trees, a roadside garden, anise hyssop, lemon and bee balm, Baikal skullcap ( which the bees love ), an oregano patch that is now 6 years old and spreading to cover 3 feet of ground. There are lavender plants, hibiscus, azaleas, sweet pea vines, roses, cardinal flower, black eyed Susan, Iris, hosta, valerian, chives, veronica, naturalized tulips, and many other perennials that come back every year to provide food for the dwindling local bee population. Interspersed with all of these plants are zinnias, sunflower, nasturtiums, calendula, chamomile, pansies, morning glory vines, and many varieties of squash plants. My husband and son installed a small pond ,years ago, in the corner of our side yard that has provided a cooling water source for bees, birds, butterflies and frogs. It has been a joy to watch all of these beautiful creatures enjoy our hard work. Here, you can find an image of just the roadside garden; http://www.edible-landscape-design.com/gardening-by-the-road.html

  149. Carrie Nicols says:

    I teach kids and adults how to make pollinator and native wildflower seed balls, an ancient farming practice which focuses on natural farming methods and not disturbing the soils ecosystem and structure. I am constantly in need of seed donations to help my community feed and provide habitat for our pollinators! I also grow food sustainably and mindfully, realizing many ‘weeds’ are actually pollinator food too-don’t be too quick to pull those dandelions!!

  150. Misty says:

    We have 10 hives to help the honey bees plight. We plant a good size garden to provide food throughout the summer and fall. Bee friendly plants and flowers are continually planted. We also educate family and friends on what to plant to help the bees with a food source and educate on the effects of chemical spraying.

  151. james small says:

    My son and i have started two bee hives. We planted 20 lbs of clover seed in one of our fields, and spread 2 lbs of wild flowers on our pond bank, also added wild flower rows to our garden.

  152. Angie says:

    We are all organic in the garden. We planted more bee friendly flowers and resisted the urge to mow those early dandelions up!

  153. Allison says:

    This year we planted all for the bees. We chose to skip the garden center plants and instead planted bee friendly native species from local garden club sales. We also planted native flowing and fruit trees. We don’t use chemicals and have changed mowing habits this year :)

    • Patti Jo says:

      Way to go Allison! I love your post. I’ve been doing the same thing for the l
      ast few years.

  154. Maria says:

    It’s so great to read an article and know that I have so many of these plants already in my garden. Each year, we tried to do more.

  155. Garry Atkinson says:

    I have plated clover and buckwheat this year. Plating various fruit trees with perrineals at the base of each.

  156. NANCY SMITH says:

    I try to have flowers blooming as long as weather permits. Last Fall the honey bees came and took the coffee grounds I put around my plants. I am not sure what they did with it, but I am sure they put it to good use. I put water out for them with floating bark so they can get out if they fall in. They drink a lot more water than you would think. Thanks for what you are doing for the bees.

  157. Melissa Khalil says:

    We never use chemicals on our lawn or garden. Started my first colony of bees this year. I’ve talked with neighbors about how horrible Roundup is and asked them to reconsider using it. And currently holding off on mowing the lawn because the yard is covered in clover and the girls are working it big time.

  158. Patti Jo says:

    Hi all ~ I am new to beekeeping for this exact reason. I’m going to check their progress today, hoping to see my queen and her eggs. there is lots of activity at the front door. I planted my garden this year using only high mowing seeds. I hope I win the prize :)

  159. Anna Williams says:

    My parents and I have an organic dairy farm. Over the past ten years we have noticed a great increase in the number of bees we now have, especially honey bees. A couple of years ago my Mom took up an interested in bee keeping and got three bee boxes from a neighbor who was moving away and couple not take the bees and the boxes with him. We have increase the number of boxes to 11!. We do not take any honey for our selves because we know the winters where we live are hard. However, last year we noticed our neighbors who do not share in our passion for caring for the land, were spreading more pesticides and herbicides than usual and we lost a lot of the bees in the spring to mid-summer. We would really like to bring the bees back to our farm. They are of great value to our crops and those crops feed our cows and us. I hope that everyone understands how important the bees are to our world and what a great loss it would be to lose them.

  160. Carol Czuk says:

    I put up 3 Blue Orchard Mason Bee Homes and Purchased the bees from Crown Bees. They arrived at the correct time and began hatching the day after I put them out. All have hatched and the blooms look good. Hope it helps!

  161. Rob says:

    I’ve been vegetable gardening in my yard for over a decade now — The last four or five seasons I’ve noticed a decline in my pollinators. This year I sacrificed some veggie areas and planted some flowers. I also reworked a few areas in my backyard which I’ve planted a lot of flowers, some favorite of bees and hummingbirds. I’ve gone one more 15×10 area to clean up and plant in which I think I’ll do veggie+herb+ flowers.

  162. gary norris says:

    Our high school club ABE, started a beehive this year and have also sold seed packets and “bee” tee-shirts in order to raise money to donate to Pollinator Partnership. Our goal has been to raise awareness about the importance of bees and how CCD is decimating bee colonies.

  163. Rob says:

    Hey, you guys need A google+ button, not everyone uses facebook. G+ would help more with your rankings than facebook as well.

  164. Sandy says:

    I’ve always loved Bees and take a lot of care to provide plants/fruit trees for them as well as water, this year I went a step further, I joined a Beekeepers group and started reading “Backyard
    Beekeeper” wow what amazing creatures bees are, I live on the California coast in an urban area with a pretty big back yard organic garden and I’m really considering a hive, I’m still researching because there’s lots of info to learn….Love the Bees!!!!!!

  165. sam cox says:

    We have bees and organic garden with wild flowers in yard

  166. Jane says:

    we always have plenty of herbs frowing out on the deck and veggies in the yard – absolutely no pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides! would love to start farming bees this year too!!

  167. john says:

    We have planted flowers that attract and nourish bees in the front bed of the house and have planted vegetables in the raised garden around the side of the house.

  168. Darlene Roy says:

    I have wild flowers, shrubs and an organic garden planted with vegetables and annuals all growing without any use of pesticides to help the pollinators around my neighborhood!

  169. Rebecca Podniesinski says:

    We are a pollinator habitat and monarch waystation for monarch watch. My 4 year old helps rear and release Monarch butterflies and tend to 2 organic top bar hives. We host a kids science camp every summer to teach about pollinators and bring pollinator labs into local children’s centers to help spread the word.

  170. Sky Veek says:

    I’m growing organic: tomatoes, potatoes, hops, carrots, peppers, apples, raspberries at Cedar Bark Ranch on the Oregon Coast.

  171. Ashley Rose says:

    I have planted a lot of native plants that attract bees. I have also put in a new flower garden that includes milkweed, butterfly weed, and other flowers that I specifically picked out to help the bees and butterflies.

  172. We have a large vegetable garden as well as fruit trees and bushes and many raised beds and gardens on out property. We have 3 acres and about 2 of these acres are mowed only a few times during the year. The 2 acres contain native plants and flowers. There are “hedgerows” on 2 borders of our property that are never mowed and contain a variety of native trees and plants.I also grow cut flowers that attract many bees and other pollenators.

  173. Nicole says:

    I’ve planted a lot of alyssum and sunflowers. We also let our herbs go to seed, garden without pesticides and have water around all the time. I am sad to say I’ve seen fewer bees this year than last year, although no issues with our plants producing fruits. We’re considering getting a hive next year! Thank you for all you do for our environment and providing quality, organic seeds!

  174. Lisa Nixon says:

    I would like to make a difference on the number of bees in my area!

  175. Sue Tannehill says:

    I freely allow “volunteers” all over my garden. The calendula grow everywhere, and the Centaurea keep reseeding as do the silver dollar plants. The latter two, along with the sweet woodruff and forget me not are quite early, but not as early as the snowdrops. After our cold winter — typical of the Buffalo, NY weather I remember as a child, I was ecstatic to find over a dozen bees cruising the snowdrops one cold morning. Alas, they never came back (and my yard has been organic for 23 years now) and it is the big bumblebees and the hover flies that are seeking out the flowers now.
    Sigh. Maybe next year.

  176. Heidi Dorr says:

    We recently bought our home with a little land (3/4 acre) and are slowly but consciously planting to create a healthy ecosystem for bees (and other living creatures, including ourselves). I’m happy to say that there are quite a few plants from your list that we have planted already and others that we’ll add to our living land as time goes on. Thanks, as always, for the great seeds and advice!

  177. Sean Stanek says:

    I’m currently in my second season of ~ 1000 square foot garden. This year I’ve been adding a lot of perennial flowering plants for borders around my beds, as well as wildflower mixes over some recently dug ground. With a little help from my mom, picking plants so that I will have blooms throughout the year!

  178. Tara Nelson says:

    We are currently letting the chives flower and we have wisteria that the bees love to pieces and I usually let my basil go to flower later in the season since we tend to grow bunches of it! I am also trying to grow more flowering crops like pole beans. We have numerous “wild” flowers in the back yard bachelor buttons and some ground cover and some columbine all bright purples and blue!

  179. We are going into our third year as backyard beekeepers. The most surprising part of beekeeping is watching the change happening around our property, the pasture next door, the fruit trees from 3/4 mile away. I am seeing a greater diversity of insects, wildlife, bushes heavier with berries than I’ve ever seen them, new birds, etc. And that’s just the changes I’ve noticed. It’s been a wonderful journey becoming beekeepers–and all the things to learn definitely keeps us on our toes!

  180. The Redhead says:

    I am container gardening on my 2nd floor deck, with pretty good success so far. I am planning the purchase of a birdbath for both the pollinators and the songbirds. I have seen a few bees up on the deck, attracted by the strawberries & daisies.

  181. Wendy says:

    Now that we have planting veggies down to somewhat of a routine, we’ve made our first real effort to plant flowers this year–things like snapdragons, nasturtiums, and zinnias. The bees also seem to really enjoy our different herbs when they flower.

  182. Sheila says:

    I’m lucky to live in coastal Maine where many bee-friendly plants and trees already are present, but I’d like to mention some plants that have been amazing nectar sources in my yard. If–and only if!–you have room for it, comfrey is an amazing plant. The pollinators love its flowers, the compost pile loves its leaves, my hands like the salve that I make with it. But be forewarned, it spreads ferociously and is impossible to eradicate. Tansy is another tall plant that bees love. Again, more of a homestead plant than a garden one. Finally, I want to mention a great find that actually is wonderfully suited to a flower garden: echium, aka viper’s bugloss. Seed sources are very difficult to track down, but the plant is easy to grow from seed and is covered all summer with small blue flowers that turn pink as they age. I use it as an edging plant in my flower gardens, and it attracts bees and tiny beneficial wasps like no plant I’ve ever seen!

  183. Rachel says:

    We are planting more pollinator-friendly flowers in our garden every year! Next year wr are getting bees!

  184. stephanie says:

    the lilacs are blooming. Sunflower seedlings pop up
    plenty of flowers for bees to sup
    no herbicides poison the land
    keeping it healthy just like God planned
    as the workers buzz around the pollen fuzz
    it seems as it was
    and we work side by side in the garden

  185. katherine says:

    We’re using no chemicals and planting lots of extra flowers!

  186. George says:

    My wife loves growing vegetables every year and she loves to get me to plant flowers to attract the bees to them. This winter I plan to expand the flower bed into a 8 x 12 raised bed for flowers only. I have been buying a few bee keepers magazines and hope to start a single bee colony in a year or two.

  187. Stacey Finch says:

    We have a huge plot of sunflowers every year that the bees love as well as some annual flowers and veg for them! I want to start a bee colony soon…

  188. Joyce says:

    Very well written article. As a vegetable gardener, it is always a good reminder to plant some flowers around to help attract the pollinators that we must protect and nurture.

  189. Bonnie says:

    Thank you for this wonderful article on pollinators. I just purchased flower seeds that will attract butterflies. I’m happy to see your flower list contains some of the same flowers that I will be planting.
    Please continue to publish these educational articles. Thank you. Bonnie

  190. Ceely King says:

    This year at the Akwesasne Freedom School, I had the teachers and students plant a row of flowers on both ends of all of the raised bed garden boxes. We also planted all of the sunflower plants we ordered, and at the end of the plants season, we will let some plants go to seed. We will be harvesting seeds and this will help the bees… All of this will be taught to the students…

  191. Shannon says:

    We plant both perennial and annual insectory plants and leave areas untilled and unmowed.

  192. Katie says:

    We are growing vegetables and flowers to attract bees and educating our children on the importance of bees to our food supply. Each year we try to include more bee-friendly plants in our garden and around the yard.

  193. Brian says:

    My garden this year will be 100% organic–no chemical fertilizers or harmful pesticides. I am also reserving a section for sowing wildflowers, and leaving pasture sections to grow milkweeds, goldenrods, and other “weeds” to grow to maturity. Hopefully my efforts will benefit the bees, and the birds as well!

  194. Sarah says:

    Last year our family starting learning about CCD. Our motto is plant a sunflower save a bee.

  195. Myra says:

    On one end of our large garden, I placed a small kiddie pool and planted it with a wildflower mix suited for our area of the southeast. We planted two different types of sunflowers among the corn and in front of the rows to also help attract pollinators, and a small row of wildflower pollinator mix flowers were planted in the middle of our garden as well. Our garden is in the middle of what used to be a large field of hay. Although we mow about 2.5 acres behind our home and around the area where the garden lies, there are trees and bushes near one side of our garden. Birds roost and are protected there, and bees go to the wild blackberries and other fruit. Lastly, we do not use pesticides, nor do we use herbicides on our fields, and we made sure that we sowed cucumbers, squashes and pumpkins, and tomatillos, plants that pollinators love. The seed we used was organic. I hope to see more pollinators this year due to the pollinator mix of wildflowers used.

  196. Kristen says:

    We have lots of pollinator-friendly plants! In our front yard we have a wildflower garden with annuals that reseed themselves every year and this is always a haven for the bees.. This year I’m adding in some perennial flowers in some other areas. We also have a large herb garden for the bees to visit once we allow them to flower at the end of the season. We also have raspberries, an apple tree, and a large Mulberry tree that they are very happy with at the beginning of the summer. All of these are grown organically.

  197. Rebecca says:

    We’ve purchased and are now propagating our own honeybee colonies on our farm. Nothing increases awareness of pollinators like making the investment in keeping your own hives. We are constantly keeping tabs on what our bees are doing, what they are pollinating, what we are planting, and what our neighbors are planting as well. Thanks for the great informational post!

  198. Patty says:

    Squash and melons in the veggie garden and many of your listed annuals and perennials in the picking garden. We also put several dishes with pebbles and water throughout the yard.

  199. Julia Priolo says:

    We just moved into our first home and have started a native plant restoration project of our entire yard. By removing invasive and exotic plants and planting native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees we are inviting all types of pollinators to our new home. The Long Island Native Plant Initiative grows and sells Long Island-ecotype plants. We will be purchasing a variety of native Goldenrods, Asters, Butterfly Milkweed, Echinacea, Joe Pyeweed, Eupatorium, as well as shrubs and trees this weekend. We have two honey bee hives and mason bee hives as well as a large vegetable and fruit garden on our 1/2 acre homestead, so we know the importance of providing food, water and shelter for bees and other pollinators. No chemicals of any kind allowed on our property! (and we are convincing our neighbors to do the same)

  200. Damaris Murphy says:

    This spring is my first in a new house. Our entire landscaping project has revolved around finding bee-friendly plants to plant. The bees from my apiaries are loving the variety!

  201. In conjunction with our Seed Savers Exchange Club, we are offering a program for the public tonight called “Native Bees and Other Pollinators”.

  202. Tony Mays says:

    I have put out a shallow bird bath. I recently installed fountain with flower bed beneath it. I am very concerned with the Christmas tree farms nearby that spray relentlessly. I try to be as outspoken against Christmas tree farms that use pesticides.

  203. Wendy Stein says:

    We continue to raise honeybees. We have less than an acre in vegetables, but we make room for cover crops and try to plant good nectar sources such as buckwheat, clover, & vetch.

  204. Cheryl Bezio-Gorham says:

    Our old cottonwood hosts a wild bee hive and this year it swarmed into our garden. What an amazing site! We’ve planted our yard and vegetable/herb garden with shrubs, flowers and herbs bees prefer and have practiced organic methods for nearly 20 years. The beautiful fence my husband built has many nooks that the wasps seem to love and this year we plan to make and hang several bamboo bee homes. Being very allergic to bees, I always taught my children, and now my grandchildren – “when you see a bee, be a tree. Bees don’t sting trees.”

  205. Randy Booher says:

    We have a dedicated bed of sunflowers and tons of vegetables in our 4 raised beds. Also have multiple berry plants and some apple trees coming this fall. Every year we are adding more plants/trees to our homestead.

  206. Daniel Kuhfuss says:

    I put a bee hive up last year on the edge of our acre vegetable garden. This spring I bought seed for perennial pollinator friendly flowers to start and plant around the area to give more habitat for the honey bees and other bees and pollinators we have on the farm. Unfortunately the bees died with the severe cold we had this winter in Wisconsin. I am still going to plant the flowers for the rest of the pollinators and when I get a new colony of bees next spring.

  207. jess says:

    We actually hired a consultant to help us design a multi sensory landscape design for our little slice of Earth. Our 1/3 acre is nearly grassless, having many bee and insect attracting perennials and trees in lieu of boring grass. We have two nature loving daughters who are keen yard observers and instead of looking out at the True Green truck in the neighborhood, we wanted to see praying mantises and honeybees. We’ve planting for 2 years now, and have made many insect and animal friends (and sometimes foes- whistle pigs in the garden again!!!) along the way. We want the bees back!!!!

  208. susie king says:

    I’m helping move the bees to a better location so they can thrive.

  209. Linda L. says:

    I’m expanding my balcony garden each year and will be adding flowers this year. It never occurred to me to put out water for the bees so we will definitely do that starting right away.

  210. Karen D says:

    Planting herbs that attract bees, especially bee balm, which they love!

  211. Nellie says:

    I am growing lots of basil in my balcony and gifting small pots with basil to my friends. I realized how much important bees are when my chilli plants never bore fruits. I had no idea why that was happening. I understood how much work our little bees do.

  212. Cynthia Stewart says:

    I’m helping bees this summer by growing sunflowers and marigolds. All flowers are welcome in my yard!

  213. Everyone loves what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the wonderful works guys I’ve included you guys to my personal blogroll.

  214. Jim Coleman says:

    I have California Lilacs (ceanothus) planted all around my gardens, which attract hundreds or thousands of bees … you can hear the hum of the bees from the other side of the property. Also, we let our oregano flower, which the bees love, too!

  215. Christina Rodriguez says:

    I have a large flower garden on which there are no chemicals or even natural remedies used. Nature even the balance. Also we don’t now till we absolutely have to, leaving dandelions and clover blossoms for days, sometimes weeks at a time….

  216. Haze says:

    We’ve been especially careful to allow the flowers to stay in place if any of our plants bolt. Chives, parsley, kale, coriander have all bolted early this year and all have flowers in place. We’ve also planted nasturtiums, borage, and bee balm all around the garden in order to attract more of them in-season. Anything we can do to help, we are. We use no pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides and we encourage our neighbors to do the same, to the extent that I have even given out plants and cuttings to help people attract bees too.

  217. Kristine Smith says:

    I work for a Botanical Garden and I’ve created a “pollinator” program for children groups that come visit this year. We feature many plants that attract bees and other pollinators and explain why they are so important. We’ve also planted a small flower garden at home so my almost 4 year old daughter can learn about the growing process and insects.

  218. tina birdsall says:

    Lots of lilacs, echinacea, and veggies that bees love all growing around the property!

  219. Lina says:

    We recently bought a home with a lovely yard filled with various plants and flowers. We’re learning how to maintain it, not using any insecticides or pesticides and using organic soil and fertilizer. We have much to learn! We tried to sow a fresh batch of flower seeds but haven’t had much luck yet with them. We’re trying to add more butterfly and bee friendly plants.

  220. Maggie says:

    I’ve got lots of herbs (oregano and chives are bee favorites) and have an open field where milkweed, vetch, and goldenrod go crazy. I used to keep bees until the bear found them, and I miss them. My blueberries miss them, too. Now I’m focusing on providing a range of native plants for them.

  221. Sara says:

    We’re just buying a house, but we have a number of these flowers ready to ‘bee’ planted as soon as we get in… we’re also planning to set up a beehive using a locally-collected honeybee swarm (although that’ll be next spring, at this point). And, of course, no pesticides!

  222. Jen says:

    relocating to the east coast from California where i’m going to start growing herbs and veggies =) I’m going to make sure to plant bee and butterfly friendly flowers

  223. Eileen Reeder says:

    We are getting rid of lawn in our small urban plot. As we make room for veggies, berries , and fruit trees, we also plant for pollinators. Lots of native flowering plants, as well as herbs that we let flower for the bees. And, never any pesticides on our tiny urban ‘farm’.

  224. petie parker says:

    we planted a field of wildflowers and my vegie garden is organic no chemicals . also lots of sunflowers! I hope we made the bees happy !

  225. jona christoe says:

    We are planting a garden, leaving a portion of our property in a natural diverse state (lots of blackberries) and completely gave up any pesticides or herbicides. We are building a top beam beehive to try to attract a natural swarm. GO BEES! (I hope I win! … but, even more, I hope the bees win!!!!!)

  226. jerry canizares says:

    I would love to see a pollinator mix of flower seeds for the southeast as well as northeast, southwest and northwest. thanks for being truly organic and GMO free. My bees thank you also.

  227. Ashley says:

    We turned our backyard into a garden, our first time ever attempting it. A lot of our plants rely on pollination between the male and female plants, and we’re not seeing enough bees! We’ve planted herbs, wildflowers and leave our dandelions growing. We’re not using pesticides or chemicals on our yard or garden. Hopefully we’ll get a good turnout and can start teaching my one year old how to be responsible now with the environment and what he eats!

  228. Lisa P says:

    We recently moved into our home and the previous owners purposely planted lots of flowers and plants that attract butterflies, and they also attract bees! We plan to keep everything that is already here and plant more :)

  229. Doina says:

    I planted lots of lavender and bergamot and lots of bee-loving plants and the bees love it!

  230. Leland says:

    Instead of pulling out the weeds in my flower garden, I have let the native plants and flowers take over. The clover is frequently visited by my backyard bees, as are the few wildflowers that are popping up. It’s exciting to watch the bees at work in there! Thanks for being a GMO-free company!

  231. Kristen Wahl says:

    I’m planting vegetables, fruits, and herbs… I’m also getting the word out, trying to inform people and bring awareness to the problem. I recently joined the global protest with the march against Monsanto…

  232. Stephanie says:

    We planted many flowers the bees love. No pesticides, all organic! And we buy local raw honey.

  233. annette hatfield says:

    I use & consume products that do not contain pesticides. I post articles educating folks on the advantages of organic & the truth regarding the contamination of our food source .

  234. Melissa Bonham says:

    Educating people on declining bee colonies. My husband is deathly allergic to bees but even he understands that this is a very serious problem and instead if killing we try to help! We plant bee friendly plants, saying NO to roundup, Monsanto and anything that is not organic!

  235. Hannah Keen says:

    We don’t use any pesticides in our flower or vegetable gardens, leave plenty of wild areas with natural food sources, and definitely let tons of clover and dandelions grow in our untreated lawn.

  236. Rebecca Moon-Williams says:

    I have a chain link fence, not the prettiest thing. This year I planted flowering vegetable plants (mostly cucumber and squash) to climb the fence. When I moved in last year the yard was covered in mostly red and pink roses. They smell fantastic, but now we have more variety in shape and color (flowers, tall grasses, flowering trees). I also found a mason bee house (can’t wait for them to move in). After reading this post I will adding something to use as a “Bee Watering Hole”.
    What makes bees happy, makes butterflies happy too.

  237. Rey McGehee says:

    Letting my dandelions grow, planting both a vegetable and flower garden, and keeping my flowering trees in good health.

  238. ShaRee says:

    I live in a trailer park and we are not allowed to plant anything big. My mom and I have set up several pots for an extremely small veggie garden. We are always open to suggestions.

  239. Deb DiScenza says:

    My entire yard is pesticide free. I also allow dandelions and clovers to have free reign. And i plant wildflowers in the border areas, but i need more!

  240. Tamra Hull says:

    Not using any pesticides this year . Lots of flowering shrubs and plants.

  241. I have been passionate about gardening over the last couple of years. I have built more beds planted more vegetable plants and flowers then ever before it will just keep growing from here. The bee’s are not shy to my yard, I plant them come. I tell my kids the bees make this garden grow if you don’t bother them they wont bother you.

  242. T Basting says:

    I do not use chemicals on any of my garden, I do not spray dandelions in fact I leave most of them grow. I have planted Milkweed & Butterfly Weed in my flower beds and let the clover grow where it is.

  243. Karen M says:

    Some Veggies, keeping the clover on the lawns & not supporting the big box stores plants. ALSO, no miracle-grow!!!

  244. Alice McCoy says:

    I have planted flowers, fruit, and vegetables. No pesticides used in my yard.

  245. Sandi Goldberg says:

    I have a rather large backyard organic garden. I have been working on it for 20+ years. I have never used pesticides, herbicides or any poison whatsoever. I plant vegetables, herbs, berries and flowers. I particularly like zinnias, easy to grow, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees love them and I leave the seed heads for the finches to eat over winter. I don’t really have grass, I have clover, wild violets, dandelions, plantain and lots and lots of ground ivy. Thank you for a chance to win a wonderful gift packet, including Badger Balm, which I love!

  246. Karen Widner says:

    I have 3 acres in the country. Since moving here from Houston 15 yrs ago I have planted many fruit trees, flowers and bee friendly bushes and scrubs. My nephew moved down from Denver to start organic farming here. We have donkeys and horses to make our own compost and fertilizer tea.
    Across the road from me is a huge barn where a man that used to live there brings his bees down from Wisconsin every winter. They come in by the semi load! Every spring my trees are buzzing like electric lines! It is very satisfying to know I am giving them good “clean” nectar to make their honey, which I now have a life time supply.

  247. Jackie Polakovsky says:

    Made my first all NON-Gmo Garden this year! In addition to this there is a non-gmo herb garden and a large milkweed patch. Cutting the grass high enough to let the white clover grow as well as allowing patches of red clover to grow. Have to teach the neighbor not to cut his grass like a buzz cut….he’s just lazy and self-centered…doesn’t understand my reasoning. Give him a TV and he’s programmed.

  248. Debbie F says:

    Plant lots more flowers:) We do not use pesticides and try and be as organic as possible!

  249. Teresa Sihler says:

    No pesticides, and many varieties of herbs, shrubs & flowers which bloom from spring through fall

  250. E Anna Zander says:

    My son and I have a small herb garden, small vegetable patch, and are doing some container gardening, all organic, for our second year. We have flowers and herbs that attracted some bees last year, even more this year. The seem to like the chamomile and the wildflowers that we have. Here in Colorado, it’s a bit of a struggle, but we are making it all work as well as possible with the erratic weather. :)

  251. Cheryl Gibson says:

    My husband and I decided last fall we wanted to help the bees. We have a pasture and we plowed it up and planted crimson clover and white clover. What a beautiful sight it was to see so many bees this spring! We also did a bigger garden this year with a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and borage. We incorporated several mammoth sunflowers as well. We have another plot of land that we would love to plow up this year and plant flowers. Now if we can talk his dad into letting us do his pasture as well then maybe we can feel like we have done our part in helping save the bees.

  252. Alicia says:

    I have planted jasmines, pomegranate trees, angel trumpets and sunflowers. The bees love all of them. I only use organic soaps to control the pests and lately, the wasps have been coming in taking care of the little green worm pests that have showed up. I sit back and let nature do what she does. Even my fertilizer for the plants is organic. The hummingbirds love the feeder and have been helping pollinate the pomegranate trees and the jasmines!

  253. Shäna France says:

    We have live hives in our yard! We plant organic fruits along with bee friendly flowers like sweet pea, sun flowers and more in our flower beds, and keep a veggies garden also! We love bees. No pesticides, organic only. No to GMO. #StopMonsanto

  254. Robert says:

    Planted garden with daughter this year for first time in over 25 years. Keeping it all organic. Gonna plant earlier next year, along with a wildflower patch.

  255. Tam Richards says:

    Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers and Water are already abundant. We will be working on more habitat.

  256. Susie-q says:

    I am working hard to maintain my beautiful bee-friendly plants & trees as well as starting bright summer annuals, herbs & a watermelon patch! Have a water pond with a waterfall for the birds & bees. I buy local honey to support beekeepers. I also don’t spray any pesticides, use all natural items and horse manure plus Sweet Manure Tea. I use fish heads & guts when planting my tomato & pepper plants and of course coffee grounds & egg shells. Nothing goes to waste at my place.

  257. Kate Donald says:

    Here at our farm, we put one of our fields into a red clover cover crop. We’re also sowing strips of buckwheat cover crop in our vegetable fields this summer.

  258. We’re so happy to help bees here at Ferme La Machine. We have tons of fruit trees, which were filled with so many bees, the trees seemed like they were humming! We are also organic growers who use only High Mowing seeds for our gardens. We need bees to pollinate our veggies and they are loving our gardens. Many of these wonderful bees are also enjoying our hummingbird nectar. Oh, we have to mention that we have many bee hives in our small rural city, so all bees are coming to our natural buffet.

  259. Amanda Farthing says:

    I’m promoting awareness in my area and I’m planning on buying a few organic seeds to plant that are pollinator friendly to attract and help sustain the bees around my home. Plus I’m buying my friends and family seeds as presents because I know they’ll love it. :D

  260. Lisa Berumen says:

    Family expecting a new baby – Teaching the next generation as to “how dangerous pesticides are..”. Take care of Bees. No Bees = collapse of our Vegetarian food chain.

  261. Amy Madrigal says:

    We live in the city, so our garden is small, but we’ve converted the area behind our garage into a garden, and snuck in some flowers and veggies along the borders. We’re growing borage and many herbs, as well as some small berry bushes for the bees. We’ve also stopped using harmful chemicals in our yard and on our lawn.

  262. Steve Vallone says:

    Pick me!

  263. Jody Lamond says:

    We leave most of the native flowers and adding more bee/bug friendly as money and time allows. Have chives, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, bronze fennel, lavender as part of the landscaping. Planted a whole bed of assorted sunflowers for the bees and also for seeds later in fall for birds, douglas & flying squirrels. Have 2 hives going full blast getting ready for blackberry flow. Apple, pear, cherry, hazel & blk walnut trees so pollen is staggered before blackberry flow.

  264. Sarah Krajeski says:

    We expanded our organic garden, and added fruit trees and berry bushes. My three children and I planted lots and lots of flowers and herbs. We love attracting beneficial insects to our garden. We also try to educated many of the people we encounter in our everyday life about the dangers of pesticides and GMOs and their harmful effects on our pollinator friends.

  265. Matt Morrison says:

    Joined bumblebeewatch.org through The Xerces Society (xerces.com) after listening to a webinar presented by the Organic Seed Alliance. Now I photograph and record sightings as a “citizen scientist” through their great website. When I go to the local nursery I look for the plants that are attracting the pollinators and plant them throughout the garden. Built 2 nesting blocks for Mason bees, I leave out some of the dishes from under potted plants to collect water when I irrigate, and the clover patches are rapidly and deliberately overtaking lawn. I have really started appreciating the amazing spectrum of unique pollinators that frequent my garden.

  266. RaeJean Elliott says:

    We are not mowing the clover this year in the back acre of our property.

  267. Megan says:

    We have a small, organic, pesticide free garden for the bees to enjoy this summer!

  268. John Paquin says:

    I’m allowing the dandelions, to flourish in my yard for the bees.

  269. Meadow L Young says:

    Letting the dandelions grows. No pesticides, adding new pollinating
    support flowers, herbs, shrubs on property for our bee hive.
    Taught my daughters kindergarten class about the positives
    about bees and why we need them.

  270. Janevera Rothenburger says:

    Plant bee attracting plants every year. Really glad I ran into this site. Good luck and will be visiting this site often.

  271. Theresa Trenttt says:

    Tiny yard but big heart, doing what I can in the ground & in pots.

  272. Julie T says:

    German Chamomile, African daisies and wildflowers helped to attract bees to my garden this spring. Now it is too hot in the Arizona desert for bees.

  273. Jannelle Hurney says:

    NO pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers used here! I sign and share petitions and have allowed my property to grow wild…the bees love the valerian that has not only taken over my yard, but has taken over the neighborhood and beyond! We also have dandelions galore, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and apple trees. When you stand beneath the crabapple in blossom, the hum is so loud you’d swear you were about to take off! I also have tansy gone wild,comfrey, daisies, yarrow, herb robert, asters and much more here. The wild honeybees appear to be thriving in this “no” zone! :) Thank-you for this generous offer…fingers crossed in Grafton, N.H.

  274. Rohit Sharma says:

    We started two bee colonies this year. We’ve planted many bee-friendly flowers in the meadows surrounding the house. We mow only a small path through our 3-acre meadows around the house. “Meadows not lawns” as the saying goes. Bees love the wildflowers, dandelions and red clover that thrive in the fields. We have an old apple orchard, and have started new fruit groves using a permaculture approach.We grow our vegetable gardens (about 7500 square feet) observing strict organic practices and use no chemical fertilizers, and no pesticides/herbicides etc. Incidentally, all of our seed come from High Mowing. We’ve also been boycotting the 300+ GMA member corporations. “Give Bees A Chance.”

  275. Andi says:

    We are letting the dandelions and clover grow in the yard, regardless of the neighborhood opinion. We keep very bee-friendly flowerbeds with both flowers and no pesticides. We even made a little bee drinking spot. :) We buy only organic and joined our local organic CSA.

  276. Leecia Price says:

    We use entirely organic methods with our yard and garden. We don’t mow the dandelions or violets nor do we mow in the sunniest and warmest weather. I’m letting my herbs and lettuces flower & go to seed this year. We really do all we can afford to help pollinators and I’m trying to find a way to spread the word locally.

  277. Beth Piggush says:

    We love our bees. We use organic prst control, plant a new fruit tree or shrub every year n have a mason bee block

  278. sandy says:

    Planting attractive flowers for bees- marigolds, etc. Also planting lots of cucumbers :)

  279. Nancy says:

    I’m gardening outside again after years in an apartment! I’m planning for mason bee shelter and flowering natives. I just ordered buckwheat and clover to try and beat back the weeds.

  280. Lane says:

    I allow annual herbs to bolt and self seed, especially cilantro and dill. I’ve found that bees especially love winterberry ( Ilex verticillata), yielding loads of red berries for the holidays and then food for birds.

  281. Colie Touzel says:

    We have one beehive right next to our garden which happens to be right next to 20+ squash and watermelon plants and tomatoes. Our other beehive is right next to our herb garden. We have so many flowering plants and trees right now! As well as numerous amounts of wild blackberry blooms! We leave fresh water out for the bees daily who are booming with productivity! We caught two swarms already this year and gave them great homes to grow in. We also do not use any chemicals- we are completely organic! I’m excited for our bees and am enjoying them buzzing around!

  282. The Harvesting HOPE community garden just dedicated about 10 hours of volunteer labor and around 100 donated perennials to develop a perennial pollinator border around two sides of the garden. Not only will the perennial border make a lovely welcome to the garden, and address the challenge of weeds along the fence row, but it will also – most importantly – attract hundreds of bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden. Thank you pollinators for doing the job you do!

  283. andrea says:

    This year I am growing a summer cover crop in part of my field to allow the wild bees and bees from the farm’s hive to have some extra blossoms to snack on!