- Nectar which is their main energy source is loaded with sugar. It's kind of like the snack cake or candy bar for bees.
- Pollen which is also an essential part of their diet. Is the meat and potato's part of their diet that provides proteins and fats.
becoming an invasive in our area. I started with three plants and am hoping to have more that I can corral in a flowerbed because it was very pretty to look at.
Trying to keep up with all the Milkweed weedlings kept me hopping from dawn to dusk the first year or two in the garden. I tried pulling it, spraying it with vinegar, and yelling at it (like that would work)... it just kept popping up in other places. When I finally researched and found out what it was and how important it is for bees and butterflies it won my respect and a permanent place in our garden. My sons Monarch Project went a long way towards swaying me as well. I now figure as long as I keep it corralled and semi-contained it will continue to be a very beautiful addition which If I may add has the most fragrant rose link scent you could ever smell. The large seed pods that form were a little disturbing at first because they are so huge and bulging. They're very reminiscent of the pods in the invasion of the body snatchers movie or some other sci-fy flick I've seen over the years.
Pollination is key to having your vegetables to produce the fruit you want to cultivate in your garden. If you are growing a juicy melon, squash, tomato, corn, etc.. you will need the assistance of our fuzzy lispy friends. Pollination is not very important for vegetables that we grow for their leaves like lettuce, greens, spinach, and cabbage. It's also not that important for root vegetables like carrots, radishes, or beets, but who wants a garden without a nice juicy heirloom tomato? Not me I say, Not Me!!! So, with all that said I hope you give bees a chance in your garden this year. The three plants I mention above are great companion plants to add to your vegetable garden, but they are only a few out of hundreds of varieties you could add. I highly recommend visiting your local library and/or nursery for books on starting your garden with the added benefit of insects (especially bees) or you could do an online search for information on companion planting and beneficial insects too.