How to Help Bees Without Keeping Hives in Your Backyard

5 Ways You Can Help the Bee Population Without Keeping Hives in Your Backyard

With the bee population struggling in many places, every little bit helps and you can make a difference in your own backyard. Maybe you’re not ready for the time commitment of keeping a full hive, but you still want to know how to help bees thrive, grow the bee population locally, and even enjoy the benefits to your garden at the same time. Sound like you? Let’s look at a few ways you can help the bees on their journey without maintaining beehives in your backyard.

Grow Some Flowers

We’re all so busy in our day to day lives that we often forget the simplest step to help our pollinating friends. Just by planting blooming things in your yard, garden, window boxes and small pots you’ll be helping the ecosystem overall. You’ll have pretty blooms to look at, the bees will have places to forage, your neighbors might be jealous of your beautiful landscape and inspired to plant their own as well – it’s just a win all around.

If you want to keep all the pollinators happy, plant nectar rich wildflowers and rotate varieties that will grow at different times throughout the season. I also like to sprinkle a little milkweed in the corners of my garden beds for the butterfly larvae feed on. So far it seems to be helping in my little corner of the neighborhood, every year over the last several years we have seen an increase in our butterfly population.

Don't Use Chemicals and Pesticides

If you are growing things in your yard of flower boxes, just say no to pesticides and chemical treatments.

If your plants need a little boost or are being eaten by unfriendly insects there are organic options available that are quite effective and actually cost much less than those rotten chemicals.

Fertilize with compost. Make friends with diatomaceous earth.

Take things an additional step further and just say no to those who use them. Be mindful of where you buy your produce and support those who have ethical and sustainable farming practices. Of course, shop local whenever possible.

Adopt a Local Hive

If beekeeping is allowed where you live, chances are someone out there is doing it. Some locations even have active "Adopt-a-Hive" programs. Find a local hive keeper and reach out to see how you can help, whether it be by volunteering time, offering donations, or just placing an order for some honey with them.

Additionally, stay educated and get involved where you can. Be aware of local ordinances, support local farmers and see if there are any beekeepers in your area that you can support by purchasing honey and other goods.