The Bee-Friendly Garden is a book by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn. Today I wanted to give a review of this great little book and encourage you to grow bee-friendly gardens in your own homes.
The Bee-Friendly Garden Book Review
First this book has beautiful images of our friends, the bees, and the flowers they enjoy. Not only will you find a helpful guide on which plants to grow for a bee-friendly garden, but you’ll have an organized resource by region.
You’ll learn why not only bees will enjoy this garden, but you will too. These colorful flowers attract bees while adding color and healing to your own life. Spending time looking at, working in, and walking through your bee garden is a wonderful way to feel great. You’ll feel better both physically and emotionally. Did you know that people who are recovering from a surgery heal faster in hospitals that have views of plants and the outside from their windows? Spending time in nature lowers cortisol levels, the nasty stress hormone.
Gardening has been a relaxing way to deal with the crazy traffic and hectic life I have in Miami. Stress relief is a big part on why I garden. I also enjoy having bees and butterflies to look at peacefully hovering around my yard.
The authors stress the importance of using native bee-friendly plants. It has been found that they encourage more beneficial insects than non native plants do. In fact you’ll have more pest insects by using non native plants. Sadly, most landscaping plants are not beneficial to bees.
Luckily it doesn’t matter where you live. Bees can flourish equally in rural areas and in crowded cities. This is where container gardening comes in and using the space you have to it’s full potential. What you are planting in your gardens really does make a difference! You can play a vital role in bee conservation by planting just a few bee-friendly plants.
My favorite part of the book is where the authors get into details on bee-friendly plants for edible gardens. Many plants are bee-friendly as well as encourage beneficial insects! The more beneficial insects, the less pests in your garden. That means no use of nasty chemical pesticides. Perfect resource for the organic home gardener! You may either plants bee-friendly flowers between your vegetables or at the end of your vegetable garden. Herbs also have many bee-friendly varieties.
I’m a lover of flowers, but I also love growing organic herbs and vegetables. I’m always shocked when I see eggplants and fruits in my yard. Miami is a hard place to grow edibles, but it can be done without chemicals. Part of the solution is using local plants that attract local bees.
So get out there and look at your outdoor space today. Think of ways you could make it more bee-friendly. Especially if you have no allergies to bees, you owe it to them and yourself to garden bee-friendly.
To see a little tour of my home garden go HERE and to see my tips on growing roses in Miami, go HERE!
[disclaim]I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.[/disclaim]