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National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Bee1 Did you know that today is

National Honey Bee Awareness Day?

Me neither!

But I am jumping on the bandwagon as fast as I can. As gardeners, we all know how important bees are. They are indispensable!

And then there is the whole Bee Crisis going on right now, so bees need our help even more than usual.

Even Haagen-Dazs is getting in on the act. If you haven’t seen it already, you must watch this video…

Visit THIS link for more information so that we can all participate more actively next year. In the meantime, here are some tips on how we can Help Save The Bees!

* Support local beekeepers! Buy  locally produced honey and bee products.

* Don’t use pesticides or chemicals in the garden that can harm bees. Even when you treat with “safe” sprays, be careful not to impact your visiting bees.

* Plant bee-friendly plants with native and nectar producing flowers.

* If you live in an area that allows it, consider raising bees yourself or letting a beekeeper maintain beehives on your property. If you are curious about how people illegally keep bees, check out this story on National Geographic channel. (Shhhhh…I won’t tell anyone!)

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.