Bee Appreciative: How You Can Care for Pollinators

Imagine that you and your loved one are about to enjoy a meal full of your favorite dishes. Feeling thankful, you may show your appreciation for the food on the table, the hands that prepared the meal and the great company around you. However, there are likely a few critters you’ve left off your list of thanks: pollinators!

Honey bees are responsible for much of the food supply around the world. From apples, to zucchini, to pumpkin, pollinators help to ensure there are plenty of our favorites to go around each season. To show our appreciation, we’ve compiled some top ways for you to show you care about pollinators.

Keep Fresh Plants in Your Garden

Pick a plant! How about fresh rosemary? Lavender? Or even oregano! By choosing a local pollinator-attractant plant to keep in your yard, you can ensure there is a dependable food source for bees in your community. Just make sure you allow the plant to bloom! This will not only keep your pollinators with full stomachs but will keep your garden looking fresh and beautiful. Not sure where to start? Find a few suggestions here or ask your local gardening store.

Bee on a Purple Flower

A honey bee forages for food on a lavender plant

Provide Shelter

In addition to needing to eat, bees also need a place to take shelter. During the cold winter months, bees go into a hibernation-like state. However, not all bees live in a hive year-round. Many go out in search of a place to nest as the days become shorter. You can help by establishing some suitable habitats in your yard, including bamboo sticks, wooden logs with holes drilled into them or even a small bare patch in your garden (80 percent of wild bees nest in the soil!). If you want to go the extra mile, these instructions can help you start your own insect hotel.

Bee Box

A "bee box" or bee hotel is the perfect way to provide a safe, warm home for honey bees during the cold winter season.

Get to Know Bees

Conquering our fears and studying up on the different species of bees will teach us how to admire their hard work and how to be an advocate for their health. Pollination is one of nature’s most important processes contributing to biodiversity. By understanding the important role bees play in our crop production, we’re encouraged to keep our pollinators safe and recognize them as a vital member of healthy agriculture.

These tips not only demonstrate how to show your gratitude for pollinators’ hard work but also how to protect them. Check out Farm Meets Table blog by Bayer for more tips on how to help our friends at home. Bee sure to spread the word!