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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Bounty of Bees

Busy Bees
Every third bite of food we eat has been pollinated by industrious honeybees.

But, in the past two years, nearly one third of America's honeybees have vanished. Here are a few ways you can help.

Replace some of your lawn with flower beds.

Plant native plant species, which are well-suited for local bee populations.

Reduce or eliminate pesticides and insecticides in the garden.

Choose plants that flower at various stages in the growing season to provide a consistent source of food for pollinators.

For more information about honeybees and other pollinators go to pollinator.org .
You can get a free Pollinator Garden Wheel and a poster of this art depicting North American bee species. There is also a pollinator friendly planting guide for various ecoregions of the U.S. available for free download.

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