Six things to do for our bee friends

Credit: Carolyn Herriot

1. Build orchard nesting bee boxes and ensure there are nesting materials in your yard.

2. Leave dead wood such as branches and tree trunks in your yard that wood dwelling bees nest in.

3. Ensure there is a source of water and a small patch of undisturbed ground in your yard. This is used by bees who make underground nests, (bumble bees).

4. Stop using chemical pesticides on your lawns and gardens and trees. Learn about less harmful methods of pest control.

5. Grow a diverse array of flowers, plants and trees to attract and feed these native bees.

6. Work with your neighbours to create backyards as nectar and habitat corridors for native bees, giving them a larger area to nest and forage in.

Click here to read Carolyn Herriot’s Victory Garden Program article.