Plant a Bee Cafe
I love this time of year. Seeing early blooming perennials like crocus, tulips and daffodils poke their heads out of the ground and trees begin to sprout green bud makes me eager to sink my hands in the warm earth. I'll spend hours flipping through seed catalogs dreaming of the beautiful flower beds I'm going to create. I find myself in the parking lot at Dillon's with a cart full of plants and barely any room for the list of groceries I came for.
But, did you know that pollinators like bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, bats and even flies (I KNOW!) are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat each day? So if I make sure I am buying plants that are also food and habitat for them I AM technically "buying groceries" and it is a beautiful way for me to do my part for the environment.
The Shawnee County Extension office https://www.shawnee.k-state.edu/ is my go to source for all things lawn and garden. There is also this handy guide you can download. https://www.shawnee.k-state.edu/lawn-garden/Selecting%20Plants%20for%20Pollinators.pdf
I found an app this year called BeeSmart that lets you enter your zip code and provides a list of native plants that attract pollinators based on your Ecoregion right at your finger tips. I can't wait to try it while shopping for plants this Spring . You can also register your garden and be connected to other habitats in the area.
My favorite tip!? Bees love Dandelions! So, don't judge me about the pretty yellow blooms scattered across my lawn. It's part of my Bee Café.