The Bees Need You – 5 Tips For Creating a Bee-Friendly Garden

Bees are a very important part of nature. Most of the foods you eat depend on bees and other pollinators to exist. Any creature that eats plants (including humans) relies on them. So why are they disappearing?

bumble bees are dying fast

Pesticides have been known to be a big factor and they have been becoming increasingly popular in the plants you buy. Reducing the use of pesticides would certainly help the bees and other pollinators.

All it takes is one person to start a trend to save the bees. Below, we’ve put together 5 steps that you can take to create a bee-friendly garden.

  1. Bees and other pollinators love flowers. Make sure your garden has plants that flower throughout the season. Some should flower in spring, some in summer, and some in the autumn months.
  2. Only plant neonicotinoid-free plants in your garden. Neonics are a common pesticide that has been known to mess up a bee’s brain to the point where they cannot find their way back to the hive.  Not allowing this pesticide in your garden will certainly help the bees! If you are unsure if the plants you’re buying are pesticide-free, just ask! The garden center will be able to tell you. bee covered in pollen
  3. Some people remove the flowers from their hostas or other perennials. The bees need these flowers! Leave them on until they dry up or die off, then remove them. The bees will thank you.
  4. Plant native plants in your garden. The nectar tastes best; therefore bees are attracted to them. Any new hybrid plants have different tasting nectar and might not be as attractive to pollinators.
  5. Sit back and enjoy your garden knowing that you are making a difference for the bees!

Let’s make a difference for the bees! Spread the word and share these tips with your friends.

Comment below if you have a bee-friendly garden!

8 Steps for Growing Hostas in Containers

Planting hostas in containers is a growing trend. Not only do they grow successfully in containers, they look great as well. Container hostas work great for small urban spaces, around a pool, or on a patio/deck in your backyard.

We have put together a list of 8 steps to having beautiful container hostas.

hosta in round container

1.    Select a container for your hosta. Hostas do great in several different container shapes, but make sure to keep the mature size of your hosta in mind when selecting a container size.

This will not only save you time and energy replanting down the road, but it will ensure that your hosta has enough room to grow.

2.    After you select a container, make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom.

If the container doesn’t come with pre-drilled holes, you can always add them using a power drill. It is recommended to have at least one, but two or three are ideal.

3.    Add a layer of rocks at the bottom of the container. This will aid in drainage and prevent soil from falling through the drilled holes.

4.    Fill the container with nutrient rich, easy draining soil.container hosta with ivy

5.    Plant your hosta in the container. Container hostas look great alone or with ivy hanging down the side of the pot. Just make sure that any other plants you add to your hosta container have relatively similar growing conditions.

Hostas prefer to be kept in shade to partial sun, so it wouldn’t be recommended to add a plant that requires full sun.

 

6.    Water your container hosta regularly, especially in times of extreme heat and wind. Hostas like to have moist soil, but they don’t do well with drenched soil (this can cause their roots to rot). Watering once every one or two days should be good.

7.    Fertilize regularly since the nutrients in the soil will wash away with watering.

8.    Enjoy your beautiful potted hostas for years to come!

potted hosta

*Note: It’s necessary for container hostas to go through a winter dormancy just like those planted in the ground. Don’t leave the containers outside.

Instead, they should be brought into an unheated garage or porch for the winter months. Once the threat of frost is over, your containers can go back outside for the upcoming season.

Comment below with any questions or experience you’ve had growing hostas in containers!