Bee baths

Even if you can’t keep bees yourself you can still help them by keeping them hydrated. On warm days bees drink an amazing amount of water, so If you would like to help the pollinators in your garden then have a go at creating a bee bath. It’s easy to make and you can sit back and enjoy watching the bees come for a drink in your garden!

If you are worried about the bees stinging then be assured that unless they are provoked they don’t want to sting you, they only sting if they feel threatened. The best thing to do if they are near you is to stay calm and don’t flap your arms around – even though this is instinct!

Making your garden more bee friendly can be more than just planting flowers.
You want to attract them with gorgeous blooms, but while they are in your garden you will want to give them a place to collect water: a pond, fountain, or a bee bath.
They need very shallow water to drink from. However, shallow water evaporates quickly. Birdbaths are not the best option as bees tend to drown if the water isn’t shallow enough. As for rivers and lakes, bees risk their lives trying to get water.

A bee bath is easy to make and it’s a nice touch to help out your pollinating guests!
After all, without those busy workers in the garden, you wouldn’t have as many beautiful blooms or fresh vegetables and fruits to harvest.

You will need the following:
Shallow dish
Plant pot
Stones/pebbles/marbles
Fresh water

Choose a spot in the garden that is shady.
Turn a plant pot upside down and place a ceramic bowl on the top.
Add the stones/pebbles/marbles (most important) then top up the bowl with water.
Change and top up your water as often as needed.

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