Doren Damico

The Latest Buzz on My Bee Garden

On New Year’s Day I made one resolution (in addition to my Best New Year Resolutions #If Cats Were in Charge). My goal was to feed the bees! And my method would be to do this as simply as possible. I am a very busy bee myself!

I’m happy to report that I’ve had some successes. Be sure to check out the latest buzz on my bee garden in a 2 minute music video below.

So, how did I do it? With an easy 1, 2, 3!

1. I let the weeds grow!  2. I watered and pruned the fruit trees so that they would be happy bloomers. 3. I made a simple bee and butterfly watering station. 

It’s been extremely hot in LA these last few days. All the urban wildlife need access to water, the bees and butterflies, the birds, the neighborhood cats, squirrels, and coyotes too! You can help them by putting out water in your yard, patio, or terrace. It’s the least we can do to help the ecosystem. After all, humans are like invasive species most everywhere we go.

Learn to make a bee and butterfly watering station in even the smallest bee garden: Bees and the Gregorian Calendar.  This post includes lots of information about why it’s important to feed the bees, as well as a fantastic variety of bee trivia and bee friendly links. 

Some Important Tips for How to Feed the Bees

I’ve learned a few things this year about feeding the bees and I want to share these tips. This list comes direct from a great site for small gardens: balconygardenweb.com. So check out the link for great information for the urban gardener.

  1. Avoid conventional pesticides and fertilizers – I already do this, which is why I have so many glorious weeds, like clover. Bees love clover!
  2. Grow more local and native plants – I have a lot of succulents in my garden, because I live in LA, and the hummingbirds love when the succulents bloom. But I’m working on adding to my native plants selection. Here’s a link I’m using to help me choose: laspilitas.com
  3. Plant more single petaled flowers – Who knew? Single petaled flowers are easier for bees to harvest and provide more pollen.
  4. Plan for year round blooming – I really need to improve on this! Gardening in California has no off season. I’ve already decided to plant some lavender because it is almost always in bloom and bees love lavender. I’m also using this site to help me plan: plantcalifornia.com
  5. Grow flowers in clusters – The bees really liked my clover gone wild, with so many flowers grouped together for harvesting and pollenating.   
  6. Grow fruits, veggies, and herbs – I’m pretty focused on keeping my fruit trees fruitful. I have peach, apricot, plum, avocado, kumquat, lemon, guayaba, and fig. I haven’t been doing very well in the veggie and herb department, but this year’s lettuce gone wild, made the bees very happy! 
  7. Don’t pull every weed – The plant cycle knows what it’s doing. My lettuce gone wild created a whole new row of lettuce for me because I let it bloom. The clover along my fence, which I usually cut back, merely died on its own when it was done providing a glorious dose of luck for the bees.
  8. Bee nests – You don’t need to do much to provide a home for bees in your garden, just give them some space to build. You won’t just be helping the bees, they’ll be helping your garden grow! I’m looking into supporting solitary bees, and following are some great links for that. Maybe next year I’ll have these tube homes.
Making Homes for Bees

Check out this 5 minute video introduction to gentle, solitary bees by Bee Built.

Intrigued? Learn about how to build a bee house for solitary bees.

I also follow The Honeybee Conservancy. They are dedicated to educating people about bee health and even have bee ambassadors that will visit your community or school! Here’s a great article about choosing which kind of bee house is good for your bees.

Coming Soon

Hopefully, I’ll be posting my review of PKD’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the Blade Runner Movies. One of my favorite scenes in Blade Runner 2049, was when K discovers a huge bee community! Notice that the scene has both bee hives (in boxes) and bee feeders (the columns).

Here’s a link to how the bees were created in the film by Lucas Janin. (Click on the image.)

 

And bee sure to show your love by commenting on and sharing my posts. I look forward to learning about your own bee garden efforts: contact me!

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Doren Damico

Doren is a salsa dancing philosopher poet, slinky sculptor, and fan of science fiction.