The Buzz on the Busy Bees at Capitol Bee CARE
Plants that bloom early in spring and late in summer are especially helpful to honey bees. This was the theme at our first annual Bee Friendly Flower Day event. Rebekah Newbie from the School Without Walls had the idea to create this event as part of her Senior project. Washington Parks and People were very generous in letting us take over their garden for a day and plant things that will help the bees to build up in the early spring. At the event we also built bee hive boxes and painted them the Capitol Bee CARE signature colors of blue and yellow. All participants young and less young made seed bombs using clay, milkweed seeds and worm poo. We asked participants to plan where they would bomb before they left the event. Thank you Rebekah, Steve Catts (Washington, Parks and People), and all the folks that came out on a bluster beautiful morning in March to support their local pollinators.
Snow coated the bee hives this winter. The ground was frozen up to two inches deep and a few of the clusters were too small and too cold to move to the food that was all around them. This is a critical time and bees may need supplemental feeding. The food should be placed above the cluster.
It may be a bit early to count the bees but so far our locally adapted bees are hanging in there.