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Scientists are starting to discover what many of us already know from experience. Spending time connecting to nature reduces stress & anxiety, improving overall mood. Having a sunny disposition not only feels good, but also helps to decrease muscle tension, blood pressure & heart rate, while also increasing creativity, attention & the immune system.
Unfortunately, in today’s busy world it can be difficult to find the time to escape from the concrete jungle, but fear not, even if you live in an apartment, you can always find a way to get your hands dirty. So, whether you have a backyard or a windowsill to work with, you can make a difference for yourself and the world by gardening.
Here at Bee Amazing we like to focus on “Bee Friendly” gardens. Here is a link Top 30 Plants That Attract Pollinators (saferbrand.com) for a site that has a list of 30 different bee friendly plants categorized by their bloom period. By primarily basing your plant selection off the site’s suggestions, one ensures maximum potential for pollination. Select an area with plenty of sun but not too much foot traffic or wind. Pull weeds by hand rather than using chemicals. Provide food year round, Chose plant that have different bloom periods as to If possible, make sure to add a small refillable water feature as well. Once you have installed bee gardens around your home, we suggest planting succulents and installing drought resistant landscaping in larger areas. This is another way of helping the environment & our wallets.
In addition to planting flowers preferred by our little pollinators we can build homes for the bees when they are not busy working. Below are step by step instructions for a simple, inexpensive, and safe bee house using just a soda bottle, clay, and bamboo.
With the utility knife, slice off the base and the spout ends of the soda bottle so that only a cylinder is left. Remove all labels and wash out the cylinder.
Sand off sharp ends of the bottle’s edges.
Measure the length of the cylinder.
Cut off the bamboo to 2 inches less than the length of the cylinder. This allows for an overhang to protect the tubes from rain.
Carefully trim away bamboo splinters and sand them down smooth. Run a dowel down each bamboo piece to check for clearance. Discard any with nodes that block the bees’ access.
Glue a short strip of sandpaper at the end of the dowel and run it up and down each bamboo piece to smooth the insides.
Form a disk of modeling clay about 1-inch thick and add it to the back side of the cylinder. Push it in tight.
Pack the cylinder with the bamboo pieces, forcing them into the modeling clay. The clay prevents access to the back side of the bee house and holds the bamboo in place. The bamboo pieces should be tight and secure.
When you are finished, solidly mount the bee house to a post, fence, or wall so that it does not move around