Drought? Water Your Bees!

Drought conditions?

Don’t forget to water your bees. They need water, too. They need it to make wax and to make honey.

Don't forget to give water for bees during drought conditions. They need it to make honey and wax.

Don’t forget to give water for bees during drought conditions. They need it to make honey and wax.

It’s very simple. Just find a piece of plastic — in this case, an old plastic picnic table cover — and put it on the ground. Spray it with water. The bees will find it.

Don’t worry about mosquitoes. If you keep the water fresh (spraying daily), they won’t have stagnant water in which to breed.

A bee drinks water from a simple watering station - a plastic table cover sprayed with a garden hose.

A bee drinks water from a simple watering station – a plastic table cover sprayed with a garden hose.

Bees love it. As the photo shows, they will come to drink. The water is shallow enough so they won’t drown, and leaves simply allow a place for them to perch.

Drought? Water your bees!

Jim PathFinder Ewing is a journalist, author, writer, editor, organic farmer and blogger. His latest book titled Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating (Findhorn Press) is in bookstores now. Find Jim on Facebook, follow him @edibleprayers or visit blueskywaters.com.

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