You can help – Plant a Bee Friendly Garden
- Sweetly aromatic or have a minty fragrance – herbs such as borage, basil, oregano, thyme, or sage.
- Open in daytime – Bees return home at sundown.
- Seasonality of plants – Have something growing thought the gardening season.
- Water Sources – Bees need something on which to land – stones in a birdbath or rocks in a pie plate filled with water.
- Reduce your pesticide usage. Apply in the evenings, when bees aren’t flying. Chemicals will have time to dry. Go chemical-free!
- Create more micro-habitats in your backyard – multi-cropping or garden areas reserved for insect forage … cover cropping allows extra forage and enriches the soil.
- Consider planting clover in your yard. Companion crop your tomatoes with buckwheat.
- Shop at Amazon Smiles to make a donation to OSBA.
Regional honey plants blooming in order from early spring thru fall:
Note, Those listed with a * are invasive species, and while they may be good honey plants already available in your area, they should not be planted or encouraged. Instead Buy the Ohio Pollinator Oasis Seed Packet for an assortment of native plants chosen to support pollinators! or plant other native honey plants.
- Bush Honeysuckle*
- Autumn Olive*
- Multiflora Rose* – mostly a pollen source
- Yellow Sweet Clover
- Birdsfoot Trefoil
- White Dutch Clover / White Sweet Clover
- Giant Catmint
- Butterfly Weed
- Giant Milkweed
- Spotted Knapweed (Purple Star Thistle)
- Japanese Knotweed*
- White and Purple Asters
* Note that these species are considered by ODNR as non-native invasive specicies. While they provide a source of nector and pollen to honey bees, you may wish to avoid planting them on your property. See Invasive Plants of Concern.