Many of us want to plant some flowers that will help the bees. Planting a few good flowers helps a few bees, but we can do so much more to help the bees and other pollinators.

Bees aren’t the only pollinators. If your mind sees bees as honeybees, go out and really look at flowers. You’ll likely see far more than honeybees. Honeybees are from Europe and most of the ones you see are someone’s livestock out foraging for what they’ll turn into honey.

Doreen Fogle: Our gardens can help the bees more than you think

A bee on a Purple Coneflower.

Doreen Fogle: Our gardens can help the bees more than you think

Tiny bee on a small veronica flower.

Doreen Fogle: Our gardens can help the bees more than you think

Freshly dug bee nest entrance on a popular trail.

Doreen Fogle: Our gardens can help the bees more than you think

Hover fly on woolly sunflower.