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This article is written by Ali Parker. Ali is a freelance writer and an expert Beekeeper, with credibly long experience in the latter niche.
Pollinators, and bees specifically, work to create many benefits for humans and the Earth we live on, and one of those is to increase the health of your garden.
Whether you are a fan of honey, want to incorporate more beautiful flowers into your space or love being able to have a positive impact on the environment, beekeeping can prove to be a fun, sustainable hobby while also providing you with a way to improve the health of your garden and home.
Bees & Sustainability in Earth’s Ecosystems
The first step in designing any sustainable space is to understand the way it works within your local ecosystem and beyond.
Bees are a crucial part of our Earth’s ecosystem and can actually benefit not only the quality of your garden but the nature around it.
Three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits or seeds for human use as food depend, at least in part, on pollinators.
Bees work hard to pollinate these plants in order for humans to have food, but for wild animals as well.
As well, by focusing on pollination management in your garden, studies have shown that crop yields could be increased by about 25%, meaning that your garden can grow faster and healthier.
As your garden begins to thrive and flowers begin to flourish, you are creating a positive impact on the air quality in your local community as these types of flowers have been shown to reduce air pollution.
Changing Your View of Gardening
Cultivating a sustainable space by taking up beekeeping will allow you to view your garden from a different perspective, as you will likely begin to do things in order to help pollinators that will be attracted to your space.
As you learn how to cultivate a space that allows them to thrive, you will begin to plant things such as forget-me-nots, wildflowers and weeds such as buttercups as they are beneficial to pollinators.
You might even learn how to use compost effectively to help the bees as well as reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills.
Aside from helping increase your compost pile and reduce your garden waste, bees can help eat insects that might be affecting the overall growth of your garden and the yards around you.
All of this will make you a better and more diverse gardener and a more environmentally-conscious citizen while allowing you to watch your garden thrive.
Beekeeping as a Hobby
To get started, all you need is some beekeeping gear for protection and healthy bees from a reputable bee breeder in your area.
Try to look for very docile bees as these will be the easiest to manage when you first start out, and ensure you never get too comfortable working around them without your protective gear such as gloves, a beekeeper hat and whatever else makes you feel most comfortable and safe around the bees.
It will be important to check your local laws to ensure residential beekeeping is approved in your area before beginning, and to kindly check with your neighbors to ensure they aren’t allergic to bees or any of the flowers you plan to plant.
If you are really dedicated to the cause, you can even take your passion on the road and use your honey bee hives to help farmers all around the country increase the health of their crops such as almonds, pumpkins and apples.
Investing in the Health of the Environment
There is more to green living than just recycling and reducing your energy consumption.
While there exist a variety of ways to engage in a sustainable lifestyle, beekeeping is one of the few that benefit both you and the environment, making it a win-win for you and the bees.
Natural beekeeping at home is an efficient way to save honeybees and other types of pollinators while also ensuring that your garden is beautiful and thriving.
By incorporating these insects into your garden they can help you cultivate food and plants that will increase the health of your home’s green space and help create a more sustainable world.