If you want to save your local bees, you cannot rely on corporations to do it for you. While it’s a nice sentiment for Cheerios and Burt’s Bees (which, to be fair, they’ve almost always had a commitment to the environment) to take a stand to support our endangered species (we’re counting down months until this planet is no longer habitable), it is impossible for them to know what plants are actually suited for your own habitat. A while ago, I reviewed a book about gardening for bees, but here are some other steps you can take.

Find out what wild plants are local to your neck of the woods, and find out if it’s feasible for you to plant them.

You can find local guidebooks online and at bookstores, and of course you can always stand to hunt down your town’s garden club and ask them what plants are easy and good for where you live. There’s no benefit in introducing invasive species (especially when so many already have choked native flora), but some wildflowers are fairly easy to cultivate and are really pretty. Add to your local landscape. Also consider that depending on where you are, it can actually be really hazardous to plant any invasive species.

Learn the difference between bees and hornets.

And if you are allergic to bees (a lot of people have violent reactions to bee stings), maybe have someone else do the gardening for you. For the most part, bees won’t try to sting you, but there’s no reason not to take care of yourself.

Consider outdoor container gardening.

Especially if you live somewhere where you can’t plant directly into soil (like me, as of late). Gardening itself is a good way to learn self-sustainability, and it’s nice to look at a plant and say, hey, I raised that!


Author: jillboger

Part time writer. Editor-in-Chief for the Bridge volume 13, former EIC for The Odyssey at BSU. My glasses protect my secret identity.

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