Did you know that bees can’t swim? AND they need water to produce honey. So what’s a responsible gardener to do? Provide bee water. This is especially important in dry climates or during hot summers.
The simplest method (always my favorite) to build a watering hole for our buzzing friends is to fill a shallow dish like a pie plate or clay pot saucer with smooth rocks and keep it filled with water, leaving the tops of the highest rocks dry. If you are lucky enough to have a leaky garden spigot that you don’t want to fix, just place the bee water under it and both problems are solved! Otherwise, fill it every other day or so, depending on how dry the weather is.
For more ambitious gardeners (or the more artistically inclined) place the saucer high on an urn or stool and add stones, shells, moss, marbles, sticks, small statues – whatever looks attractive to you and matches your garden’s vibe. You could repurpose a never-used birdbath into a bee paradise. Make a mini beach scene for bees on vacation, or fill the bed of a toy dump truck with gravel and water.
Place your new watering hole near a window and watch those bees enjoy it. You’re doing your part to help save the world.