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Creating a Backyard Vegetable Garden that Thrives

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My #1 hobby is gardening. I love spending hours in my backyard vegetable garden growing organic fruits and vegetables for my family. Over the years, the biggest struggle I have had with growing backyard produce is having bees to pollinate the flowers. We have all read story after story about how the bees are disappearing, and I have personally seen the impact over the past couple of years in my garden.

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Without bees, we can’t grow fruits and vegetables. They are the one thing that is key in having a backyard garden thrive. I have been doing some research recently on how to bring some bees into my garden to help with pollination, but I was concerned about the risk of the bees stinging my children. After doing research provided by the Friends of the Earth, I found that by creating a sanctuary for bees that they will be able to live in my backyard happily without any risks to my children’s safety.

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We have first begun by adding a bee house to our garden. We selected a location that will receive the warmth of the morning sunlight and shade in the afternoon. The kids found a perfect spot on our nectarine tree that only provided us one piece of fruit this year due to the lack of pollinators in our backyard.

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The second thing we have done is created a bee bath. I recently learned that bees need lots of water, and it helps them to make honey. We simply took a plastic dish (the kind that goes under a pot) from the Home Depot, and added rocks for the bees to land on. Finally, we then added water. I placed it near the grass so that the sprinklers will keep the bath always full of water.

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Now that we have a backyard garden, bee home, and bee bath, I am hopeful that my garden will flourish with pollinators. I encourage other families to start growing a backyard vegetable garden and learn about what you can do to help save the bees at beeaction.org.

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  1. Great article!!

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