During the hot summer days, the sun is scorching and the hours are long and bright. Often, depending on where you are, it can be accompanied by drought and dry spells, which is not good for our black and yellow thirsty bee friends who keep our flowers pollinated.
Just like humans, the bees get thirsty and need water to drink. It is something that many people do not think about, but if you want to do something to help those thirsty bees, what you can do is make a bee bath. A bee bath will not only give thirsty bees a drink, but it will also help save them from landing in chlorinated pools or drowning in pet water dishes that have been left outside.
A bee bath is the perfect solution to help the bees get the water they need safely, and it is something you can do to help save the bees.
A bee bath is a simple, quick DIY project that you can make using tools you likely have around your house! A bee bath is made using a shallow basin with only 1 inch of water in it, filled with rocks, marbles or gems creating a landing surface for bees to walk to the water safely while maintaining a dry body. A bee bath can help keep bees hydrated and can actually save a hive from dehydration.
Have you ever noticed a puddle on the ground where maybe you had a dripping hose creating a wet spot outside? So often you will find a thirsty little bee nearby, trying to get a drink of that water. You can help quench this thirst and help save the bees yourself by making a bee bath!
Here is my bee bath in the picture below. I made my bee bath using items I had around my house. You can make the bee bath any way you would like! You can make it natural looking like I did, or you can use some really beautiful objects and put the bee bath in your garden as decoration. Follow the steps below to make your own bee bath.
1. Find a shallow basin you can use as the bee bath base. I made mine using a ceramic water saucer from under one of my ceramic planter pots. It does not have a draining hole so it worked well for my bee bath. Try not to use anything made of metal, as it will heat up the water in the sunshine. It can sometimes be difficult to find a plant pot saucer on its own if you don't have one, but something you can use (which would be super cute) would be a succulent planter. They are shallow and are often ceramic. Keep in mind, most succulent planters have a drainage hold so you would be to find one without a drainage hole or one with a plug, like this white ceramic succulent planter with an acacia wood stand.
2. Find your landing stones. These can be anything from rocks, marbles, gems, gemstones or anything you can think of that won't absorb the water that they are sitting in. I found some natural stones from around my house, I gathered a few large ones, and the rest were all small in size. But if you are looking at make this your bee bath a focal feature in your garden, you might opt for something different.
I really like the idea of these natural, earth-toned flat marbles by Dashington. They come in a count of about 300 and I think they would look so beautiful in a garden catching the sunlight in your bee bath.
You could even fill it with a specific gemstone or geode. Wouldn't a bee bath be just gorgeous with Amethyst as the landing stones for bees? You might have to use a hammer to smash the larger pieces of amethyst down to get some small rock out of it as well, but this would be such a gorgeous addition to your bee bath! Just make sure you are covering the rocks with a towel or cloth and wear eye protection.
3. Arrange your stones so the bees have something to land on where they won't get their legs or abdomen wet. You want them to be able to walk to a damp spot so they can lick the water with their tongue, also known as their proboscis. The danger with bees getting their water from an open water source is that once they get immersed in the water or get too wet, they are not able to take off again. With a bee bath, they can land on the safe rocks and walk to the edge of the water source. A bee bath can help save the bees!
4. Set your bee bath in a location they are likely to find it. Somewhere in partial sun, partial shade, somewhere near flowers. Watch the bees come in!
Water is a critical part of a bees life. They need it to help make food, to maintain an optimal temperature in the hive for their brood and for so many more reasons. If they don't have access to water, it can be detrimental to the hive.
You can do your part to help save the bees by adding a beautiful bee bath to your flower garden. And you don't have to make just one! Add as many bee baths as you would like. It will probably attract butterflies as well! Just remember to keep it relatively clean and make sure there are a variety of stone sizes so the bees can choose the perfect landing area to get to a nice drink of water.
Another thing you can add to do your part is a bee house or bee hotel! These are so cute and look great hanging on the outside of a shed or in a garden somewhere. And remember, the more bees you attract, the better your blooms will be. You want these beautiful pollinators around your yard. We need to do everything we can to help save the bee population.
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Have a BEE-utiful day!