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How to attract bees and other beneficial pollinators to the garden

In today’s post we will see how to attract bees to the orchard or garden to favor pollination and get better harvests of fruits and flowers. As we have already seen in other blog articles, bees , like other pollinators , have many benefits for the garden and for crops.

Pollinators go from flower to flower and with their little legs they carry pollen from one plant to another. This is basic for the formation of many fruits of vegetables, so today we will see some methods to attract bees to our garden.

If the bee disappeared from the planet, man would only have 4 years to live

Quote attributed to Albert Einstein

The importance of bees is crucial in ecosystems and, of course, in an organic garden. You can read more information about this in this  article on the importance of pollinators .

How to attract bees and other pollinators

Next we will see some tricks to attract bees and other beneficial pollinators for the organic garden.

1. Make a shelter for bees in the garden

Do you remember the post in which we explained how to make a shelter or house for ladybugs  like this one ?

Well, we could do the same with bees: build a house or shelter for bees where they can live. Here you have a very cool video of how a colleague Agricultural Engineer from Chile makes her own modular shelter to attract bees .

2. Plant hedges to attract pollinators

The hedges that line the vegetable garden or garden have a lot of benefits for the organic garden. To begin with, the diversity of beneficial insects that they attract to the garden, such as pollinators or other insects that are natural enemies of pests because they feed on them and can help us eliminate them.

We have published several posts talking about hedges and some interesting species such as hazel, ivy or wild fruit hedges . You can see more about this in this link to the post “Interesting species for hedges in the organic garden”

3. Associate aromatic plants with horticulturals to attract bees

Aromatic herbs are very useful plants in the kitchen to flavor many dishes, prepare sauces, stews, garnishes … But in addition to their culinary utility they can help us a lot in the garden because many of them, with their smell, help us attract bees to the orchard.

For all its benefits we have several posts on how to grow aromatics step by step, about its benefits, what aromatics to plant and why… (You can find all these posts by putting the word »aromatic» in the blog search engine. I hope you like them!) .

4. Place artificial hives in the garden

This method of keeping bees in the garden I did not know until we visited China last year and saw it in some greenhouses (You can see some very interesting articles from the Agrohuerto trip in China and everything we saw there in the category «Types of Gardens around the World » ).

In the first image you can see the yellow whitefly traps hanging and, in the lower left, a white and yellow box. It is an artificial hive to keep the bees close to the crops (the open box is seen in the foreground in the image on the right).

The following photos are from another garden where we also saw this system to keep bees in the garden . It seems to me a good option so that, with little effort, we can fill the garden with beneficial insects that pollinate plants .

 5. Plant flowers to attract bees

Also flowering plants can be great allies in the organic garden. Like aromatic flowers, some flowers can attract pollinators because of their strong scent and color. There are many beneficial flowers for the garden, but in the post Flowers in the garden to ward off pests or attract beneficial insects   you can see some of the most useful.

I hope you found these tips on how to attract bees and other beneficial insects to the garden . I await your recommendations in the comments if you know other ways to get more bees for the orchard and garden.

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