Bees have a very important role in gardening. While many people would prefer to avoid bees whenever possible, most gardeners welcome the bee as a healthy addition to their garden. Bees fulfill a very important role to the gardener and generally speaking, if a bee is left alone to do its job, a bee will leave the gardener alone as well.
Bees fulfill a very necessary function in gardening. They pollinate fruits and vegetables so that the fruits and vegetables can reproduce. Without this necessary function, apple trees wouldn’t provide apples, other fruit trees wouldn’t provide their fruit and vegetables wouldn’t provide their vegetables. A garden without bees isn’t going to do much of anything so bees are very important to the gardening
How Pollen Is Transferred
As the bees drink the nectar from flower to flower their little feet are busy collecting pollen from one plant and transferring some of it to the next plant they visit. They continue this way throughout the entire garden transferring the necessary pollen so that the plants will produce fruit. Without this pollination, there wouldn’t be any fruit.
The bees require the nectar to live and the gardener enjoys that fact that he or she doesn’t have to manually pollinate the garden. Thus, they work hand in hand to produce the garden and both parties benefit.
Different Types of Bees
Just like there are different types of humans, there are different types of bees. Each species are uniquely equipped to properly pollinate the types of flowers they visit. Thus there may be different types of bees visiting the garden during different times of the year. It’s almost as if the bees have a scheduling book to tell them it’s time to visit a specific region.
Avoiding Bee Stings
Many gardeners worry about being stung by a bee. Generally speaking however, bees are not aggressive but rather defensive. With this fact in hand many gardeners have found a way to peacefully coexist with bees and avoid stings. Observe the garden for a few days. Do the bees tend to hover at specific times of day? Avoid that time of day to help prevent bee stings.
Know where nests areas are and avoid these areas whenever possible. Bees will want to defend the nest so if at all possible, don’t plant too close to a nest. If there is clover in the grass be aware that bees love clover (and humans love clover honey) so know that the likelihood of bees in the clover is very high.
Bees are very beneficial in a garden and can be a gardeners best friend. With a little bit of knowledge the gardener and the bee can coexist peacefully.