I am sure most gardeners understand the importance of bees and crops. In case you don’t, I thought it would be helpful to write a blog on the importance of the bees as well as the danger these wonderful creatures are in today.
It is official, the cute, fuzzy rusty-patch bumblebee is considered endangered. Since 1990 you may have seen these little guys buzzing around as a common occurrence but, since then, their population has declined by almost 90%! They were found in many as 28 states but now, they are found isolated in some areas. I remember even two years ago I had quite a few buzzing around my garden, checking out my flowers. Last year, a most noticeable lack of these little guys made me wonder if my flowers were somehow not as attractive. Now, I wonder if it is because of something else. Could it be from people using chemicals, pesticides and other things like that which are lethal to the bees? Research tells us it is all those things plus habitat loss.
“Bumblebees are among the most important pollinators of crops such as blueberries, cranberries, and clover, and almost the only insect pollinators of tomatoes,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The bumblebee is crucial to pollinating our fruits and other crops. Across the globe they are considered important agricultural pollinators.
They live in colonies, sometimes underground or even in old compost piles. Try not to till your ground until spring to avoid disturbing their homes.
Please remember to plant wildflowers and refrain from using pesticides and chemicals. There are natural remedies you can use that are safer for the plants and bugs we need in this world. There are many organizations that offer free wildflower seeds in fact. I received some from a gardening exhibit at one of the national gardens years ago and those flowers still bloom all over my yard. I donates to the Sierra Wildlife organization and received free wildflowers. I have ordered bee and butterfly attracting flower mixes from seed catalogs.
Please, do what you can to help the insects that help us! Thank you for reading.