How to Attract Native Bees to Your Organic Garden

Learn how to attract native bees to your organic garden with insect hotels, bee-friendly plants and more.

Native Bees
From left: Squash bees collect only cucurbit pollen grains; bumblebees pollinate legumes; sweat bees prefer strawberries and blueberries; mason bees can help assure a good harvest of many fruit trees.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Nesting Sites
Ground-nesting native bees can excavate chambers more than 36 inches deep. Next year’s bees develop inside the well-stocked brood cells.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Bee Sanctuary
To build an insect hotel, stack wooden pallets and fill with stems and logs with holes drilled in them. Add bee-friendly plants nearby.
Illustration By Elayne Sears

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