It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, although additionally by other insects, birds and bats.
In the building boom we are currently seeing, and likely to see more of with the low mortgage rates, it is also important to consider the environment that is altered during the construction process.
Below this photo are some tips from Dan Coons of ILEX Wetlands Consultants on creating a bee friendly environment.
For the general do-it-yourself gardener, this will probably help:
A little more specific info on plants to consider was found below
a source of pre-packaged seeds
We have shrubs around our house that different species of bees just love. Azaleas and rhododendrons are frequented by bumblebees, the bridalwreath is another favorite, roses, milkweed. Anything with flowers, and the more colors the better. Also, species that bloom at different times of the year.
If you'd like to hire a consultant to help you understand how to work with your land and wetlands, there are many local experts in our community. For wetlands advice and tree mapping especially, please contact Dan Coons at: Dan.Coons@ILEXwetlands.com 603.520.8533 P.O, Box 2185 Wolfeboro NH, 03894.
If you are interested in helping the birds and the bees, you should also check out this website for bird-friendly coffee: Birds and Beans (https://birdsandbeanscoffee.com/our-mission). #shadegrowncoffeecertification.
While it is still winter, it feels as though a Happy Spring is right around the corner. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors!