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How can you help the bees?

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Bees enjoying blooming tulips
How's it going with our bees, bumblebees, and other insects? Not great. I'm worried about them, and I'm not the only one. I'm sure you are too.

But what can we do to help?  

Mostly by not doing

We've known for a long time what we shouldn't be doing:
  • using Round-up (no, not even the allegedly eco-friendly one)
  • using scary pesticides from Bayer (for ants, wasps, flying insects, moths, etc.)
  • using chemically treated seeds and plants (and yes: there are many more of them than you think)
I get upset when I see that this is still happening. There's no way I want to have anything to do with that.

And when you grow with Planty, you don't either. Period.

Just had to get that off my chest.
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A Planty Garden is a pesticide-free zone

Okay, so what can you do?

I'm really glad you want to know. There are actually a lot of options. And most of them you probably already do.

Sometimes it's as simple as putting cut tulips outside right before they die. Just look at the photo at the top of the page - bees love that.

Tip 1:

Very simple: set up a Planty Garden.

Because even with a single vegetable garden box, you give all kinds of insects a safe haven.
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Bees love blooming chives
We need the bees, but they need us too. 

We provide them with pollen, and in return, they pollinate our plants.

How do you attract bees to your vegetable garden?

You don't have to do anything really: it happens naturally. 

Because a Planty Garden includes a wide variety of vegetables and herbs. From early spring to late fall.

Bees love anything with flowers: peas, flowering chives, zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries.
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A bee on a sunflower
And of course: sunflowers. That's bee magnet #1. 

In short: bees love a Planty Garden. The liquorice mint and marigolds will keep them coming. So, you're already doing a lot by setting one up 🙂

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