Do you want to give a boost to the flowers, vegetables, and\nfruit trees in your garden? If so, then\nyou will want to learn how to encourage bees to come to your garden. You will also want to encourage them to stay\nonce they arrive.\n\n\n\nSo, how do you encourage bees in your garden? To encourage\nbees in your garden, plant a variety of flowering plants, shrubs, and\ntrees. Also, avoid using pesticides and\nother chemicals, which can kill bees. \nFinally, build a beehive to give them a place to rest and store their\nfood.\n\n\n\nWe know that bees will come to the yard for flowers, but\nwhich ones are best? Let\u2019s start by\ntaking a look at which plants will encourage bees in your garden. Then we\u2019ll get into ways that you can avoid\npesticides and chemicals, and how to build a beehive to give them a place to\nrest.\n\n\n\nHow to Encourage Bees in Your Garden\n\n\n\nThe first step is to attract bees with flowers of various\ncolors that bloom at different times of the season.\n\n\n\nPlant a Variety of Plants and Flowers\n\n\n\nIf you want to encourage bees in your garden, your best bet\nis to plant a variety of flowering plants, shrubs, and trees.\n\n\n\nIt is even better if these flowers bloom at different times\nof the season. This will keep the bees\nin your yard, pollinating your plants, throughout the growing season.\n\n\n\nWhen deciding what to plant, remember that native plants are\nalways better. There are two reasons for\nthis.\n\n\n\nFirst, native plants are more likely to survive in your area. This is especially true if they are annuals\nthat need to make it through the winter.\n\n\n\nAlso, native plants are more attractive to the bees that\nlive in your area. Give bees the flowers\nthat are familiar to them!\n\n\n\nCheck the catalog to find out when your plants bloom, so that\nyou can plan accordingly. Choose some\nplants that bloom early, mid-season, and late, so that your bees always have\nsome flowers to work on.\n\n\n\nPlants that Bloom Early in the Season\n\n\n\nHere is a list of plants that bloom early in the season, suggested by Ohio State University and Michigan State University.\n\n\n\nRedbud flowers bloom early in the season.\n\n\n\nMaple \u2013 These trees bloom in later winter or early spring, making them an excellent early-season source of pollen and nectar for bees. Most are native to Asia, and only one type extends to the Southern Hemisphere. The flowers on a maple tree are green, yellow, orange, or red. As an added bonus, you can tap maple trees to get sap, which can be boiled down to maple syrup (a huge industry in Vermont!) For more information, check out this article on Maple trees from Wikipedia.Willow \u2013 These deciduous trees and shrubs grow in moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The flowers bloom in early spring, with rose-colored buds and orange or purple flowers. For more information, check out this article on Willow trees from Wikipedia.Redbud \u2013 These deciduous trees and shrubs are native to warm or temperate regions. The pinkish-red flowers bloom in early spring on shoots without leaves, on both branches and trunk. For more information, check out this article on Redbud trees from Wikipedia.Linden \u2013 these deciduous trees are found throughout the United States and Europe. American Linden is native to eastern North America and many other parts of the U.S. They are a fast-growing tree with small, fragrant, white or yellow flowers that emerge in mid-spring. For more information, check out this article on American Linden from Wikipedia.Foxglove \u2013 this genus includes 20 species of biennials (live for 2 years), perennials, and shrubs. The purple, pink, white, or yellow flowers are produced on a tall spike. For more information, check out this article on Foxglove from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nFoxglove is another plant that blooms early in the season.\n\n\n\nPlants that Bloom Mid-Season\n\n\n\nHere is a list of plants that bloom mid-season, suggested by\nOhio State University and Michigan State University.\n\n\n\nBorage is a plant with flowers that bloom in mid-season.\n\n\n\nThistle \u2013 These flowering plants have sharp spines to protect them from being eaten. The flowers are pink, and are highly valued by bumblebees due to their high nectar production. For more information, check out this article on Thistle from Wikipedia.Blazing Star \u2013 These flowering plants are native to North America and are a member of the sunflower family. The plants are perennial, meaning that they can survive the winter. The flowers are pink or purple. For more information, check out this article on Blazing Star from Wikipedia.Borage \u2013 Also known as starflower, these annual herbs are native to the Mediterranean. The stems and leaves have hairs (bristles) all over them. The flowers are blue or sometimes pink, blooming from June to September in the UK. For more information, check out this article on Borage from Wikipedia. Button Bush \u2013 This flowering plant is a member of the coffee family. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree with white to pale-yellow flowers. For more information, check out this article on Button Bush from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nPlants that Bloom Late in the Season\n\n\n\nHere is a list of plants that bloom late in the season,\nsuggested by Ohio State University and Michigan State University.\n\n\n\nRudbeckia blooms late in the season.\n\n\n\nAster \u2013 These perennial flowering plants can grow in all hardiness zones. The flowers are pink or purple. For more information, check out this article on Aster from Wikipedia.Goldenrod \u2013 Most species of these flowering plants are native to North America. The flowers are yellow, and the honey that bees produce from Goldenrod is dark and strong. For more information, check out this article on Goldenrod from Wikipedia.Sedum \u2013 These leaf succulents are mostly found in the Northern Hemisphere. The many species includes annuals, herbs, and shrubs with yellow or white flowers. For more information, check out this article on Sedum from Wikipedia.Rudbeckia \u2013 These flowering plants are native to North America, and are also called cornflowers or Black-Eyed Susans. The flowers are yellow or gold, and they bloom in mid to late summer. For more information, check out this article on Rudbeckia from Wikipedia.Hydrangeas \u2013 These flowering plants are native to Asia and the Americas. Most species have white flowers, but they may also be blue, red, pink, or purple. For more information, check out this article on hydrangeas from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nHydrangea flowers also bloom late in the season.\n\n\n\nAvoid Pesticides and Other Chemicals\n\n\n\nI know how frustrating it can be to deal with pests in the\ngarden and around your house. It can be\ntempting to just spray some wasp killer or insecticide to get rid of the bugs\nyou don\u2019t want.\n\n\n\nHowever, most insecticides do not discriminate as far as the\ninsects they kill. Unfortunately, these\ninsecticides will kill bees too.\n\n\n\nOnce bees have come to your yard for the flowers, the best\nway to encourage them to stay is to avoid pesticides completely.\n\n\n\nInstead, keep your plants healthy to avoid pest\ninfestations. This is called \u201cintegrated\npest management\u201d (IPM), a series of preventative measures to avoid\ninfestations.\n\n\n\nMake sure that your plants have the proper amounts of space,\nlight, fertilizer, and water. When\nwatering, do not wet their leaves at night. \nThis can cause disease, which will weaken the plant and invites pests.\n\n\n\nCheck your plants for pests often. If any plant develops signs of pest\ninfestation, remove it from the other plants to prevent the problem from\nspreading.\n\n\n\nAsk Your Neighbors for Help\n\n\n\nUnfortunately, there is only so much you can do by yourself\nto encourage bees and keep them in your garden. \nIf nearby neighbors are using pesticides, then the wind can carry them\nto your yard, making life difficult for your bees.\n\n\n\nAsk your nearby neighbors about going \u201cnatural\u201d to avoid\npesticides and keep the bees coming so that your plants will get\npollinated. This also goes for herbicides\nand lawn treatments, which contain some nasty chemicals as well.\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on honey bees from the Honey Bee Conservancy.\n\n\n\nBuild a Beehive\n\n\n\nBuilding a beehive gives bees a place to rest and offers a\nplace to store their food. A beehive\nprovides shade against heat, and you can also provide water (or sugar water) to\nhelp them get established.\n\n\n\nBeehives are manmade structures (as opposed to nests, which\nare naturally occurring colonies of bees). \nBeehives can help to prevent colony collapse disorder in groups of bees.\n\n\n\nBeehives also help to pollinate the flowers in your garden,\nwhich means a better harvest at the end of the season. As an added bonus, you can also get honey\nfrom a beehive \u2013 just make sure you have the right clothing and equipment to\navoid getting stung!\n\n\n\nFor more information, check out this article on beehives from Wikipedia.\n\n\n\nRemember that some birds do eat bees on occasion, so keeping\nbirds away with scarecrows or other measures can help to keep the bee\npopulation high.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nBy now, you have a much better idea of how to encourage bees\nin your garden. If you grow the right\nplants to attract them and avoid chemicals that drive them away, you should\nhave a good growing season as a result.\n\n\n\nI hope you found this article helpful \u2013 if so, please share\nit with someone who can use the information. \nIf you have any questions about how to encourage bees in your garden,\nleave a comment below.