World Bee Day: How can you be a friend to bees?

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World Bee Day: How can you be a friend to bees?



Lovely bees. (Picture: Getty)It’s world bee day – a day dedicated to helping us be better friends to bees.
As you probably know, bees are essential for the survival of the world as we know it, as they play a huge role in pollination, the method through which plants reproduce. Without them, we’re stuffed.
So, how can you be a good friend to the bees?
Flowers
Whether you’ve got a huge garden or a tiny scrap of window box, you can help bees by planting seeds and growing flowers.
Bees especially love crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing in the spring. In the summer they’re mad about lavender, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta.
If you don’t have any outside space you can volunteer with community gardening projects.
Not just flowers though 
Just like us, bees need variety.
As well as flowers, try planting vegetables.
Bees will help pollinate lots of things, particularly french, runner and broad beans, aubergines, onions and peppers.
If fruit is your thing then try apples, pears and plums to blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
Water
Help thirsty bees by leaving out a dish of water for them to drink.
Yes, bees really do drink water!
Best if you pop some sticks or rocks in the dish so the bees have somewhere to stand while they’re drinking and don’t get wet. No one likes a soggy bee.
Buy organic 
Organic farmers use fewer chemicals when they grown, meaning they harm fewer bees.
Buy organic if and when you can, and you’ve done a bee a favour.
No pesticides 
If you’re lucky enough to have lots of space to grow vegetables then you can help bees by avoiding using pesticides.
Be careful where you buy honey
Honey isn’t always mean to bees, but if you want to be sure you’re buying ethical honey then you should buy from organic bee keepers.
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