Do not use any pesticides, fungicides or herbicides on plants or in your garden. Plants get contaminated and the product will likely reach the bees and kill them. Make sure the plants you buy are not pre-treated with pesticides!
Buy local & raw honey from your local beekeepers. Avoid honey sold in bulk or in the supermarket unless you are sure of its origin and quality. It’s a great idea to buy from a farmer’s market so you can meet your beekeeper.
Plant a garden with native and bee friendly plants. They provide great sources of nectar and pollen which provide food for both bees and butterflies.
Do not worry about weeding your garden!!! Many plants like dandelion, for example, are an excellent source of food for bees. In early spring, those “weeds” are often the only source of food for beneficial insects.
Even if you just have a small balcony or yard, you can install a little water basin or bird bath for the bees to drink during the warm days of summer. Put a few stones and floating cork in the water so the bees won’t drown!
Educate yourself and your friends about bees. Bees are not dangerous; they forage on flowers and don’t attack humans. By better understanding them we will learn to better respect them.
If all of this buzz gets to you, learn how to become a beekeeper and install a hive in your garden or on your rooftop. It’s a powerful way to give honey bees a home and probably the best local honey you will ever get!