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This week is National Pollinator Week, June 19-25. It’s a week not for food freebies, as I often cover, but instead to celebrate bees and other pollinators, insects that help pollinate plants and contribute to the food system.

Here’s what’s crazy when you talk to people about bees: They react in fear. According to a recent survey by Ortho, one-quarter of Americans are more afraid of bees than they are of sharks. All bees should be considered friends, not foes, as they, along with other pollinators, keep a healthy ecosystem in place.

Without these pollinators, you can say goodbye to some of your favorite foods, such as berries, apples, oranges and almonds. Pollinator populations continue to decline, and most Americans recognize the severity of the issue but don’t know how to help. Well, it could be as easy as heading out into your garden.

Planting a garden with pollinator-attracting and bee-friendly blooms is a great way to ensure these pollinators are getting the food they need to survive and do their job—pollinate other plants. Bringing that garden to life isn’t hard at all, as long as you know what color and kind of flowers to plant.

According to experts at Michigan State University, bees love flowers that are purple, blue, white, yellow, mauve or violet. They especially like flowers that have a strongly colored center that’s like…