Help Your Neighborhood Honeybees
It is estimated that one in three mouthfuls of food we eat are either directly or indirectly related to honeybee pollination. Honeybee colonies have been in decline in recent years due to environmental pressures, Varroa mites and the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder.
Honeybees and other pollinators are the unsung heroes of the food chain, during the spring, summer and fall they are hard at work pollinating our vegetables and fruits.
You can help the honeybees by planting the native flowers and plants. As we turn farmland into developments, we reduce the number of plants available to honeybees and other pollinators.
It is the time of year when seed catalogs being to arrive, breaking the winter spell and bringing the promise of spring. When you order flowers, consider a garden of native pollinators and help the bees stay strong.
Jane Sorensen, River Berry Farm in Fairfax has a list of beautiful native pollinators to help choose flowers that will bloom throughout the growing season.