Welcome to the "Bee Patches" home page. "Bee Patches" is an initiative of the non-profit North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council. We work for pollinator habitat conservation to (1) plant areas to support pollinator habitat, (2) educate and conduct outreach on the importance of these small wildlife species, and (3) find partnering organizations doing similar work to develop joint projects.
But what is a "Bee Patch"? A Bee Patch is simply a place for pollinators to find healthy food, water, and nesting areas:
- Food is an area with blooming plants for bees to come and eat or “forage.” Plant an area that contains:
- Blossoms in Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter
- Favorite flowers like lavender, manzanita, etc.
- No pesticides
- Nearby water like a pond, stream, livestock tank, etc
- Finally, provide a home for bees--undisturbed ground or dead trees for native bee nesting. and live trees for wild honeybees.
It's easy to make a patch! Start with a 3x3 square foot area of the same plant to help pollinators find your patch, then grow it larger and larger over time using plants that bloom throughout the year! Detailed instructions, including plant lists, can be found by clicking Bee Patches above (or here).
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