Sustainable Beekeeping In An Unsustainable Era

pollinator-friendly plants


Please find below a list of resources for planting native, pollinator-friendly flowering plants.  Given that North Coast Apiaries is located in Northern California, we have included these particular regions below the general pages.  Some important things to keep in mind no matter the location of one's garden or planting project:

- Pesticides and fungicides hurt all pollinators and many are genetically engineered into the plant seeds themselves.  Pay attention to the quality of the plant at hand and avoid using chemicals whenever possible.

- Many pollinators only forage on one type of plant per flight (ex: poppies on one run, lilacs on the next).  To help conserve time and energy for these creatures, plant in groupings rather than individual starts.  Having groups of plants, three feet is a good general idea for a 'group,' also helps pollinators identify good foraging spots while flying overhead.

- In addition to nectar and pollen, all pollinators require fresh water and shelter.  Incorporating several water sources and different forms of shelter into your garden or planting project is an excellent way to create a coherent pollinator-friendly habitat.  This video demonstrates an excellent and creative way to create a pollinator watering station.

- Honey bees are the focus of PermApiculture and indeed are the most celebrated of the pollinators.  Yet the honey bee is but one of many different types of pollinators, and should not be the sole focus of habitat reconstruction efforts.  Keep in mind that birds (including songbirds and hummingbirds), bats, butterflies, beetles, and thousands of native bees are vital components of our pollinator landscape.  Planting milkweed for the Monarch butterfly, shrubs that produce berries for songbirds, and plants that are frequented by hummingbirds and bats among others will help the honey bees by association. 


planting guides


Pollinator Partnership Ecoregion Planting Guides: 32 different guides and a search tool to find your region

- CA Coastal Chaparral Forest and Shrub Province

- CA Coastal Steppe Mixed Forest and Redwood Forest Province

- CA Coastal Range Open Woodland, Shrub, Coniferous Forest, Meadow Province

- CA Dry Steppe Province

- Sierran Steppe Mixed Forest, Coniferous Forest, Alpine Meadow Province


Xerces Society Pollinator Plant Lists: 9 different guides

- California list

- California Native Milkweed List


Audubon Society Plant for Birds List

Audubon Society Native Plant Database

California Native Plant Society - Song Bird Habitat Resources

Birds and Blooms - Plants and Trees that Attract Birds


Bat Conservation Trust - Gardening for Bats

Bat Conservation Trust - Plants for Bats List

Organization for Bat Conservation - Planting a Bat Garden

Organization for Bat Conservation - Bat Houses


Understanding Pesticides and Fungicides


Beyond Pesticides: an excellent resource for all your inquiries about pesticide use.

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides: focused on Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest region

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