For the bees, for the pollinators, for all of ecology and mankind....actions you can do for bees.
1. Kick dandelions. These plants are the dinosaurs of all flowers and first of the season to provide nectar and pollen. Give up the battle and let the dandelions bloom! Also highly nutritious for humans, the stems can be eaten fresh, the roots cooked and even dandelion flowers can be steeped in tea.
2. Inter-crop clover varieties. So let's imagine you have rows and rows of edible plants needing pollinated, say Haskap berry blooms for example. Encourage those pollinators along by planting different types of clovers between each of the rows. Mow the rows in succession week by week to leave some blooms to release their life giving nectar.
3. Diversity supports ecology, so keep the weeds you can live with. On a cool wet year perhaps the alfalfa and lilacs are slow to bloom. Wouldn't it be a pleasure to have some wild areas where Snowberry and Astrid blooms flourish early and thrive in wet climates. A mono-crop of corn or alfalfa could have it's surrounding borders seeded with perennial wild flowers that bloom in succession!
4. Support local beekeepers and apiaries by purchasing the highest quality honey and beeswax products. Know where your honey comes from and how it's been processed. Local honey can help alleviate some pollen allergies.
5. Beneficial bee seed or weed seed? Learn to identify invasive weeds in your area. Hand pull or mow invasive weeds before they go to seed. Read carefully the back of mixed seed packages so you don't mistakenly plant unwanted varieties. Some weeds are poisonous to children and can take-over delicate eco-systems.
6. Engage in community projects that encourage pollinators.
7. At the seasons end, leave fallen perennials to provide insect and bird cover over the harsh winter months. In the spring, some of the plant material can be left to compost into the soil and provide a natural mulch to protect against unruly weeds.