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- Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including over 90 different food crops.
- 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to the bees.
- The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
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What should I plant? California bluebell
According to the Xerces Society, in addition to honeybees there are over 4000 species of native bees in the U.S. alone.
From leafcutter and mason bees, to miner, carpenter, and digger bees, virtually all bees and pollinators are attracted to the California Bluebells’ deep blue, bell shaped flowers and long golden stamens.
The petals reflect ultra-violet light and therefore look like a well lit runway for foraging bees. Sow this hardy annual in the early Spring in full sun and sandy or well-drained soil.
Photo credit: Kathy Dunham
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DIY: Lavender Honey Soda by Gardenista
First, harvest from five to six lavender flowers, leaving a few inches of stem with leaves on each.
Next, make a simple syrup. Bring two cups of water to a boil, and add 1/2+ cup of honey.
Add your lavender flowers to the syrup and turn off the heat. Let them steep for from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how floral you prefer your soda.
Pour one or two inches of simple syrup into a glass, add ice, club soda, and a generous squeeze of lemon.
Then sit back and enjoy your garden.
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