As every gardener knows, bees and other garden “travelers” are an absolute must for pollinating, particularly for larger crops that are more difficult and time-consuming to pollinate by hand. In fact, some 150 well-known (and eaten every day) fruit and vegetable crops in the U.S. depend upon pollinators such as bees.
Unfortunately, according to the Pollinator Partnership, about 50% of U.S. managed honeybee colonies have been lost during the past 10 years. Reasons are unclear, but bee populations can reduce for any number of reasons. Drought, not enough food, overuse of pesticides or relocation to a new hive can all move bees from your garden to points elsewhere.
If you’re noticing fewer bees and are having fertilization problems in your garden, it may be time to attract visitors and encourage them to proliferate. Try these tips:
Bees aren’t the only pollinators that can benefit your crops; other insects often utilize or spread pollen as they travel through your garden. However, bees are still nature’s best answer for natural pollination. If you’re still having trouble boosting your bee population, try hand-pollinating in the meantime to keep things blooming. Over time, your efforts should attract more pollinators and make your garden more beautiful than ever.
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