Liberty Ridge Farm loves bees! Read on to learn about the importance of bees in Blueberry and Pumpkin crops.
Blueberries & Bees
Blueberries are one of Summer’s best crops – and they are for sure a U-Pick favorite at Liberty Ridge Farm! Bees play a very important part in the production of berries. Prior to ripening into plump, juicy berries, blueberries are a flower. This flower is what requires pollination, because blueberries are not self-pollinating. Blueberries rely on insects (hint: BEES!), birds, butterflies or the wind to transfer pollen from a plant’s male part (stamen) to the female part (pistil) of another.
This is where bees come in! Bees are a pollinator. Popular bees which are attracted to blueberry plants to perform this job are: Honey Bees, Bumble Bees and Carpenter Bees. Honey Bees are the most popular and most effective blueberry pollinator.
Pumpkins & Bees
Moving into the Fall harvest season, bees are also important for pumpkin production! Like blueberries, pumpkins are a flower before turning into fruits. Due to the stickiness of pumpkin pollen, bees are the most effective pollinator. Some species will sleep inside the flower, covering themselves with the pollen before successfully transferring it when they wake up and fly to the next.
Without bees, we would be missing out on some awesome crops & products. Not to mention, they are an ESSENTIAL part of the Earth’s eco-system! Just imagine this – without bees we would not have blueberries, pumpkins, honey, apples (no apples = no apple cider donuts!), maple syrup, beer, coffee and more!
Want to make a difference? We know that starting a beehive requires a lot of time, knowledge and space. We’ve included a few different tips so that you can be more Bee friendly starting today:
- Plant flowers in your home gardens. Plant a lot of different colors to make it easier for the bees to find the flowers. Bees have a great sense of vision; however, they find red colors difficult to see.
- Avoid using pesticides.
- Put in a shallow fountain – bees love water! But you don’t want the water to be so deep that the bees drown. Something like a shallow bird bath is ideal.