Plant pollinator friendly gardens, postpone removal of habitat and absolutely avoid pesticides and herbicides
I encourage (actually, I beg) everyone to look at their gardens as critical food sources for bees, bumblebees, humming birds, wasps, anything that depends on pollens and nectar. Remember, if it doesn’t produce a seed, a nut or a fruit it’s likely useless as a food source for all these guys.
Blackberry stands are vital food sources for wild bees as well as honey bees – and the berries are an enormous food resource for birds and other animals. If you must clear blackberries – please wait till after they have flowered; even better, please wait until the berries are done. Honey bees will fly up to a mile for food sources but bumblebees are likely feeding very close to their nest sites.
SOURWOOD TREES are North American native trees, non-invasive and are happiest in acidic/clay soils. They prefer full sun and growing on the edge of a forest. Best of all they flower in July/August, which for us here on the coast now has become a period where nectar is in short supply. A mature Sourwood tree can produce 300lbs of honey – and the added bonus is that Sourwood honey has repeatedly won gold at Apimondia International honey tasting competitions. Sourwoods are specimen trees, with fragrant white flowers in summer and brilliant red foliage in autumn. Thank you to the District of Sechelt for approving these trees as street and park trees and for the plantings that you are now doing. Thank you to the Town of Gibsons for being very supportive of my Sourwood Tree crusade!
In your garden consider spring and fall nectar and pollen sources – check out the Ministry of Agriculture – Food for bees Maple trees, lupines, dandelions, Salal, bearberry, willows, goldenrod, wild elderberry, salmon berry – all these are important food sources and part of our healthy environment.