Set Out Water For Bees In Your Garden

Bee a Good Garden Host: Make a Bee Bath

Creating a bee-friendly garden means more than just planting flowers. You certainly want to attract them with gorgeous blooms, but while they are in your garden you will want to give them a place to collect water: a pond, fountain, or a bee bath. A bee bath is easy to make and care for in your home garden, and it’s a nice touch to set out for your pollinating guests. After all, without those busy workers in the garden, you wouldn’t have as many beautiful blooms or fresh vegetables and fruit to harvest.Bees need water too - make a bee bath for your home garden

Attracting bees to the garden is an important way to keep your garden healthy and productive. You don’t need to have a mason bee house for native bees, or keep honeybees in boxes to invite these fuzzy, striped insects into your yard. Planting bee friendly plants and creating an attractive habitat for them should be enough to welcome them into your yard. For more ideas on creating a bee-friendly home garden, you can see more on my eBay blog:

Tips to Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

Beekeepers know the importance of having water available for bees. They collect water for a variety of reasons:

  • to dilute honey – bees use water to manage the consistency of honey and thin out honey that has crystallized,
  • to help with digestion – just like us, bees need water to aid in their digestion,
  • to keep the hive cool – these smart little creatures will add water to the hive and fan it with their wings, air-conditioning the space by cooling it down,
  • and to feed the babies – the nurse bees that feed the larvae need plenty of water to create the right baby food (royal jelly).

bee on spanish lavenderIn the home garden, shallow dish or bowl with some rocks in it that sits above clean water is just enough to give bees a drink. The idea is to create a source of fresh water that has places for the bees to perch as they drink and collect water.

Materials

  • Shallow dish
  • Plant pot
  • River stones
  • Fresh water

provide water for bees with a bee bath

Make it!

Choose a spot in the garden where it is protected and shady. Set a plant pot upside down to use as a base. Set a shallow dish on top of the pot. Choose a dish that is water safe like glass or ceramic as plastics and metals may leech into the water. Add a few river stones into the dish. Add just enough water that the tops of the stones are not submerged. Change water daily and clean the bee bath weekly.Why you should be setting out a bee bath in your garden

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Denise Goodenough
    Denise GoodenoughMay 26,16

    Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that bees need water too. I have lots of plants to attract them and will now get them a place to drink some water.

  2. Kerry
    KerryMay 29,16

    Great idea. I have an 8″ terracotta saucer of water that I leave on my deck railing. Originally for the birds, I often find bees and wasps dropping by for a drink too.

  3. Emma
    EmmaMay 29,16

    Would it be embarrassing to admit I didn’t even know bees took baths, lol!

  4. Terri Steffes
    Terri SteffesMay 30,16

    Cute cute cute! Today’s project!

  5. Shirley Wood
    Shirley WoodJune 2,16

    This is really cute yard decor. We took a Bee Keeping class and are looking forward to beginning our new hobby in the spring of next year. We have to order our bee hives in the fall of this year. I think we learned that bees can flay as far as 6 miles away in search of water and then return to their hive. Fascinating. Many bee keepers do provide water and this is a nice way to do it. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  6. Jeanne Grunert
    Jeanne GrunertJune 8,16

    LOVE IT! Bees, butterflies, all the pollinators are so important in the garden. Thanks for sharing! #HomeMattersParty

  7. James Weisz
    James WeiszJune 26,16

    Hmmm… really cool! I never knew bees need water. I just thought they collect nectars from the flowers for making honey. Gotta try this in my backyard. Thanks, Steph, for all your hardwork on sharing all these!

  8. Linda Manns Linneman
    Linda Manns LinnemanJune 27,16

    This is an awesome idea. My grandchildren and I have planted flowers to attract the bees. This bee watering container is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing

  9. Tom Blanton
    Tom BlantonJuly 24,16

    Great information. We have a fountain set into a tank covered with gravel. It would appear that bees have taken up residence in these river rocks which are always wet due to the water flowing down the outside of the fountain. They appear to be bees but I can’t be certain. Is it possible? Thanks for your work.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJuly 25,16

      Most likely some striped creature looking for a drink. Thanks for giving them water :)

  10. Jill Hanson
    Jill HansonAugust 3,16

    That is so pretty would look lovely in a flower bed

  11. Catrin
    CatrinSeptember 11,16

    I am not the greatest in the garden so I decided to make it for the bees and butterflies I’m a newbie and I will be making this thank you I never knew they would benefit from a little water too

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