Bees and agriculture are a fundamental combination, just think that according to a FAO estimate at least 71 of the 100 most cultivated species in the world (from which 90% of our food is obtained), are pollinated by these tireless insects.
But why is pollination necessary? Mainly to produce seeds, a strategy that plants use to ensure that they will have offspring; but that’s not all, in many cases it’s the only natural action that enables the development of fruit and vegetables. Without it we would be unlikely to harvest cucumbers, zucchini, squash, watermelons or melons, as well as chestnuts, cherries, almonds and many varieties of apples, pears, plums and apricots.
So you can see that even those who have a small vegetable garden, or fruit patch at home, directly benefit from the activity of pollinators, attracted by the flowers of the plants grown. Seeing that the more flowers there are, the higher the probability is to attract the interest of the bees, it’s always worth setting aside a bed for plants that don’t produce edible fruits but that develop particularly attractive flowers. In the infographic you’ll find some examples of flowers that are both beautiful and useful.