Pollination is essential to our planet. Around 90% of our flowering plants – the vast majority – rely on pollinators to produce, ensuring us food security, nutrition, and maintaining biodiversity. Honey bees are among the most efficient species in the world. During the months of June – July is highest flow of nectar and pollen is collected by bees. The average honey bee can visit more than 2,000 flowers in one day.
When people think of beekeeping, they usually think of lots of space in rural areas. But that’s not the only way to keep bees! You don’t need a ton of space or to be out in the country to have honey bees. Urban beekeeping is an option, and it’s generating a lot of buzz! In the city you can have bees on the rooftop without disturbing the residents. The bees pollinate mini gardens and flowering plants throughout city parks, giving the bees a diversity of plants. Wherever you live, it is a good idea to check how to create a bee friendly garden. The key is to check on your climate zone and choose plants with flowers in varying colors, sizes, and native to your region to attract species through the warm months.
Honey bees don’t only pollinate crops– they also pollinate wild and native plants, which contributes to all the environmental and societal benefits attributed to pollinators. Contact us for more information about how keeping a hive or two on your property (or swarm removal) to contribute to the health of the honey bees and native pollinators.