Today, I am doing something a little different. Beekeeper Laryssa Kwoczak, my guest, is also a podcaster, so today, I am her guest, too. We will be releasing this podcast on her platform as well as on mine.
Listen in to our fascinating conversation to learn more about Laryssa, why bees are such an important part of our world, what you need to know before attracting bees to your garden, and so much more. Did I mention resources? We’ll have plenty of those for you, too.
Laryssa lives in Hawaii. She has been keeping bees for about ten years. She used to work for a commercial apiary where she was teaching people about bees.
The Buzz About Bees
When she stopped doing that, she started doing her podcast called The Buzz about Bees. Laryssa created her podcast to dive a bit deeper into the hive and what bees do, and what the beekeeper does. She tries to make her podcast as friendly to non-beekeepers as possible.
Why bees are so important
Bees are important because they make honey, plus they pollinate foods like nuts, fruit, and vegetables, and flowers. They are an integral part of our world, and they are fascinating creatures. Bees are also food for birds, and they help the soil.
Honey has antibacterial properties. It gets used in bandaging for burn victims because it helps pull the moisture out.
Never goes bad
Honey is the only food that never goes bad.
Planting for honey bees
Honey bees have an action called flower fidelity, so they like to fill their sacks with just one kind of nectar for months at a time. So, when you are planting for bees, it is good to have more than one plant of one variety to encourage the bees by making it worth their while to stop by.
One of the best pollinators
The pollen sticks to the fuzzy bodies of the bees. Then they go to the next flower of the same variety, spread the pollen, and pollinate it. That is why honey bees are one of the best pollinators.
Lots of everything
Different things attract different pollinators. So, have lots of everything! Herbs are great to plant if you want to attract pollinators to your garden.
It is healthier for everything in your garden if you use natural practices and trust that the bees know what they are doing.
Before you try to attract bees to your garden, make it a healthy environment for them by not using harsh chemicals, like weed killers that could kill them. Do not spray any weed killers, even natural ones, in the garden during the daytime when the bees are around. Sunset is the best time to spray. But it is best not to spray at all because some weeds are food for bees.
Planting for the bees
Planting some bee-friendly flowers is a great way to attract bees to your garden. Planting flowers like tulips, or goldenrod, that come up in the early spring or late fall is best because that’s when the bees are desperate for food.
Butterflies are amazing
Butterflies can sniff out their host plant from over a mile away. If you plant something that attracts a certain kind of butterfly, there is a chance that they live in your area that they will find it.
Great places to go for resources
The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is a great place to go for resources. You can also post your garden on that site. There is also Xerces.org, where you can go to your state, and it will tell you what to plant for native pollinators, as well as honey bees.
Finding more pollinator-friendly places
Laryssa encourages people not just to think about their yard, but also to get involved with their homeowner’s association and to talk with their neighbors to find places in the neighborhood that can be made more pollinator-friendly.
If you are not interested in pulling weeds or dealing with unwanted pests, potted plants are also great for attracting bees.
Don’t be afraid
You do not have to be afraid of having bees in your garden because bees are unlikely to sting. Honey bees will die if they sting you.
Creating a green environment around your home
Many different practices will support you in working with nature and help you create a pollinator-friendly environment around your home.
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