Two years ago, there were so few bees in the garden, I had to pollinate our pumpkins myself. It was very satisfying work actually, kid-friendly too; I’ll share the how-to’s in a future post. But the lack of bees was an absolute shame, a real concern, and I resolved to do everything within my gardening power to bring the bees BACK!
I’m working on a longer article on this now for WindowBox.com — check it out in a few weeks! — but I’ll tell you here what the difference-makers have been:
- $10 of California native wildflower seeds, sprinkled randomly around our flower beds, and watered only very occasionally (or not at all). The result — thanks in no small part to our surprisingly damp spring — has been masses of blooms. Adiós, mulched-over garden bed austerity; hello, bountiful blooms and bees!
- No more chemical pesticides. None at all, for 3 years now. The black widow is a garden-variety spider here in Encinitas, California. I don’t love having them back. But I won’t sanction the collateral damage that comes with spraying them away.
The bee action-shots above were taken this morning. It’s such a pleasure to see nature at work… and so utterly satisfying to participate, positively, in nature’s pretty, perfect plans.