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Water for Bees - in honor of this past weekend’s Natural Beekeeping Conference, here are some tips for keeping bees coming to your garden to help pollinate your crops: Provide a water source so bees can sip between flights. A bird bath or old dog dish works well, and we’ve even used a retired chicken water jug. Just be sure to add a layer of pebbles or marbles for bees to rest on while they drink. Bees will drown in an open bowl of water, so rocks, gravel or pieces of wood are a key component. Don’t add chlorine to your water source, bees don’t mind murky water. Just rinse it out every couple of weeks to keep things fresh. If you have a pond, add some low rocks for bees to land on near the water’s edge. Bees will be more inclined to stop by your garden after refreshments have been served. Find some great ideas for watering holes for your bees here.