Re: A question about gardening with bees
Since the bees only forage on blooms, and only in the daytime, you can still apply certain insecticides if you time the application correctly. Horticultural oil is one of those that can be safe for bees if you do it correctly. Apply oil after the bees have gone home for the night. More info here:
I do agree that the more compost you can work into the garden soil, the healthier your plants will be, and better able to resist their pest attackers. However, the best improvement in soil with applied compost does not happen in just one season, it is a longer term project.
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft