The last video in our Plants for Pollinators Series on YouTube is all about vegetables and fruits for bees. A diversity of crop varieties will give bees plenty to forage on during the summer when there is a dearth of flowering plants.
Grow crops like peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, beans, and melons to give bees something tasty to enjoy during the spring and summer. In fall and early spring, grow peas, cucumbers, lettuces and other greens and let them go to seed at the end of the season for bees to enjoy their pollen and nectar. Grow fruit trees that bees love, too! Your garden will buzz with activity and your yields will be higher.
YouTube: Vegetables and Fruits for Bees
Need more info? Click the links below to learn how to grow your favorite bee-friendly crop:
Planting Bare Root Fruit Trees – learn the basics for planting fruit trees in your yard.
Growing Squash – our blog post on Turban Squash helps you grow any kind of winter squash.
Growing Cucumbers – Armenian cucumbers are the focus of this blog post, but it applies to most varieties.
Growing Watermelons and Melons – though different, both have similar growing needs.
And don’t forget to let those greens and herbs go to seed. The bees love the flowers:
Saving Celery and Dill Seeds – on YouTube
Saving Kale Seed – works with all cruciferous veggies, and the flowers are gorgeous!
Grow food, save seeds, and feed the bees all at once. Happy gardening!