Save the Pollinators with a Honeybee Watering Station in the Garden!

The world’s honeybee population is declining at an alarming rate.  This does not bode well for people who like to eat food.  In order for farmers to grow food and for that food to end up on store shelves, we need bees.  There are a lot of ways that you can help save the pollinators and one of the best ones is to plant things in your yard.  Whether you enjoy planting bright flowers or tasty vegetables, I encourage you to plant something this spring and do your part to save the pollinators (and thus ourselves!) from extinction!  Planting bee friendly flowers and avoiding chemical pesticides are two great ways to help save the pollinators but honeybees also need a supply of water and that is not always easy to find for such a tiny creature!

How to Save the Pollinators with a Honeybee Watering Station 2

A single honeybee may visit up to 2,000 flowers daily.  Their wings beat almost 10,000 times per minute.  They are incredibly hard working little insects that work up quite a thirst. Check out The Bug Squad for more information about why we need to supply water to honeybees.  It is very simple to make a honeybee watering station and you can get just about everything you need at your local garden supply store.  I decided to add a splash of color to my honeybee watering station by adding in a few glass aquarium jewels but this really isn’t necessary.  Just plant some bee friendly flowers (think bright colors and pretty smells!), place a shallow dish with some small stones in it on the ground and fill the dish with just enough water to almost cover the rocks.  Then sit back and wait for your pollinators to come visit your garden!  Make sure to keep your honeybee watering station topped off with fresh water so the bees know to come back daily!

Honeybee Watering Station to Help Save the Pollinators

Save the Pollinators with a Honeybee Watering Station

Supplies:

One 12 to 16 inch wide shallow tray.  You can use an old pie dish or a flower pot base.

Small stones of various sizes

glass beads for decoration if desired (bees do like bright colors!)

Bee friendly plants .  Suggestions: Crocus, hyacinth, borage, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, zinnias, sedum, and asters.

Directions:

Find a level area of your yard and plant your bee friendly flowers according to the directions on the tag.  Make sure you plant in an area that gets appropriate sunlight for the flowers you are planting.
Level the soil or mulch and place your tray on it
Fill the tray with the small stones and gems if using
Add water.  You want the water to be close to the top of the stones but not totally covering them.  The bees will need to land on the stones in order to drink.
Check your honeybee watering station regularly and keep it topped off with water.

How do YOU plan helping to save the pollinators this spring?

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. Diane, this was a very well written and informative post. I had no idea that one honeybee could visit so many flowers in one day. I think this is a great idea for our garden this year. We have a local farm that just got a grant for $10,000 to help save honeybees. Super cool!
  2. I have all those plants in my garden but I didn't think to provide a water basin. Westnile virus was keeping me away from using any still water containers in my garden...Will have to revisit that idea. Thx for the idea!
    • I am curious to see how this holds up to mosquitoes in my yard as well. I am hoping it is too small and shallow a pool to cause a problem! You could also plant it near a plant like lemon balm or something that naturally repels mosquitoes?
    • Roland Kipling says:
      Don't think a mosquito thing is a problem. I believe they need a deeper level of water and especially water that sits there and becomes stagnant. Like a small pond. Unfed by a spring. A small dish like this would be refilled quite often. I see no problems at all. There are cheap water pumps out there to keep things moving if that is a real issue with concerns. Keep the flow going one way or another.
      • Mine dries out within a few days and I let it occasionally so prevent any mosquitoes from hatching!
  3. I love this idea. I didn't even think they need water.
  4. What a thoughtful idea! I love it. I had no idea they needed water either. After visiting all those flowers I'd imagine they love a drink.
  5. Cheree Vega says:
    I'm new at gardening I find this to be very valuable information. Thank you!

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