For bees, their forage or food supply consists of nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range (2 – 3 mile radius). The source for nectar and pollen differ with the region, season, and vegetation. So, before you begin to plant…..check out the seed mix for your region. To search for the seed mix that is suitable for planning in your area, the Xerces Society (Center for Invertebrate Conservation) provides this information. Please visit ‘Pollinator Conservation Resource Center’ to browse the list of regions and recommended pollination plants.
NOTE: BEE FRIENDLY GARDENS ARE FREE OF CHEMICALS.
Here is a list of my favorite gardening books that focus to the needs of pollinators.
1 – 100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to help Pollinators Thrive. The Xerces Society
2 – Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and other Pollinators. Rhonda Fleming Hayes
3 – 101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden. Shawna Coronado
4 – Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Garden. Heather N. Holm
5 – Companion Plants for the Kitchen Gardener: Tips, Advice, and Garden Plans for a Healthy Organic Garden. Allison Greer
6 – The Cocktail Hour Gardener: Creating Landscapes for Relaxation and Entertaining. C. L. Fornari
7 – Hope for the Honey Bee: How to Grow a Year-Round Bee Garden in Ten Easy Steps. Catherine Ann Garvin