It’s the newest trend, right? Beekeeping in your own backyard. I’ll admit, I even thought about it. But since a. Mike and I are terrified of bees and b. I can’t keep a houseplant alive, it didn’t sound like such a good idea for our family.
But, I’m no dummy. I know bees are incredibly important to our world. We’ve all heard that the human race would cease to exist a mere four years after bees went extinct…or something like that.
So, if you’re like me, and beekeeping is not your thang, check out these alternatives to supporting bees without being a beekeeper.
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Support Bees WITHOUT Being a Beekeeper
Mason bees are known to NOT sting, and they are 20x more efficient at pollinating. You won’t get any honey from these honies, but the upside is there is really no work for you other than just hanging it in your yard per the instructions provided.
In a roundabout way, I’d like to take credit for these (not really). My mom thought that if people had a way to advertise that they were intentionally letting weeds grow on their lawn, they would be more likely to quit it with the chemical fertilizers that kill the bees’ first foods of Spring (like dandelions!) So, she contacted my SIL who has the know how, and she was able to produce these signs. Some of the proceeds go to…you guessed it…saving bees.
I own a pair of these bad boys. They are perfect for rainy Spring days. You know what else they are good for? Donating 5% of the sales to the British Bee Keepers Association.
You know who helps keep the bee population alive? Bee keepers. You know what they need to do that? Money. You know how they make money, honey? Honey. You know who makes honey? Bees. It’s a perfect little circle.
I’m not talking about leaving a box of sting-happy yellow jackets on your rude neighbor’s porch. I mean you need to take a look at Heifer’s program where for $30, you can send honeybees to a family in need. The family can then help pollinate their existing crops or successfully grow new ones. They can also profit from the honey and wax products from the hive.
Go to FeedaBee.com where you can receive a free packet of seeds that bees will love. If you have nowhere to plant them, you can always send the seeds to someone you love.
Hanna Rosengren makes the absolute most adorable literature and totes that advertise which flowers bees love most. From postcards to posters, you can spread the word by buying one of her gorgeous pieces and displaying it for all to see.
Donate money to Pollinator Partnership and receive a curriculum that will “increase students’ understanding in science, math, and language arts by connecting them to plants, pollinators, food, and gardens by creating habitat for pollinators.”
Download the Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener app. It is “your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again!”
What other ways do you support bees without being a beekeeper? Load the combox with your ideas!