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Helping to keep the bees around

posted by: jkom51 on 07.05.2008 at 01:15 pm in California Gardening Forum

Our local newspaper had an article about what we gardeners can do to help keep local bee populations healthy. Did you know that most California bees are "solitary", and build nests in green wood or in unmulched dirt? Neither did I!

Here is a link to a very educational website the article guided me to. I thought people might find this info both interesting and useful.

Under the section titled "Natives versus Exotics" you can download or view a 9-pg .pdf file with specific plant recommendations for attracting bees.

I would note that some of their recommendations, like aptenia, are invasive weeds in our state. However, I live in the city and my aptenia is properly corralled by miles of concrete! Always make sure you select plants appropriate to their site.

Here is a link that might be useful: Guide to bee-friendly gardens

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