This blog post can be summarized in these three words. In addition to pollinating the various wild plants that make up the beauty of our landscapes, the honeybees help the plants to produce fruit and seeds. These provide food and living space for all living things on earth. Honeybees and other pollinators are therefore vital for a stable and varied food supply for humans and animals. Every third bite on our richly laid table is only made possible by the work of the honeybees. Even plants such as clover, which are grown to feed livestock for meat production, depend at least in part on the pollination by bees. Some crops, such as almonds, would never grow without pollinators. Likewise, many tree species, such as willows and poplars, would ultimately simply not exist.
But bees also need us.
More and more people are beginning to realize how important the honeybee is for our ecosystem and our daily life. So that the honeybees feel good and can multiply abundantly, we have to do something. It is very easy and you can also help by making your garden and / or balcony pollinator-friendly.
- Avoid insecticides and pesticides. Some insecticides are absorbed by plants and can be found in pollen and nectar, making them toxic to bees. Simple household products can be used instead of harsh vermin and weed control chemicals. For example, pepper, garlic and chilli can be used to make a completely natural insecticide. Just as pepper spray leaves a burning sensation on human skin, it acts on the body of insects in a milder concentration. A handful of chilli or habanero pods, pepper, garlic or onions can be crushed in a blender with a few cups of water. Then it is brought to a boil in a saucepan and after cooling, the natural insecticide is ready for use. It's best to add extra water before use to make sure your plants don't "burn" and the natural insecticide isn't too hot. Be sure to wear gloves and protect your eyes when making and using this mixture.
- Plant the right thing! Honeybees are attracted to certain plants, so plant what you and the bees like best. Some examples of great bee-friendly plants are Phacelia, cornflower, lavender, yarrow, borage, marigold, sage, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, thyme, and many more. It's also best to get advice from your local gardener about what's good in your area grows and is also attractive to pollinators. Many garden owners with lawn may shy away from it: just let the clover and the dandelion grow! Their main flowering period begins in March when many bees and other pollinators wake up from the winter. These early bloomers are full of nectar and pollen and are often the only available food source.