BEE Responsible Gardening

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”  Albert Einstein

 

 

That’s a scary statement – but it’s pretty much true.

 

So we really need to help maintain the bee populations globally.

 

Although we can’t quickly influence government policy on the use of pesticides or convince supporters of GM crops and super intensive farming methods to take a more environmentally sensitive view just yet, you can still do your bit to help.

 

 

The flowers and plants in your garden – how many of them can bees feed from – easily?

 

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Many modern flowers are poor food sources

 

Avoid highly overbred flowers, they are usually sterile and have little or no nectar.

 

Flowers that are created by plant breeders for human satisfaction rarely (if at all) help feed beneficial insects  in your garden. 

 

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This bedding trial was at RHS Wisley 2016. We watched for 20 minutes not one insect landed there, fed from them or even noticed them!

 

 

If we all thought about the plants in our gardens just a little bit more, then we would collectively have a huge positive impact on the bee populations.

 

What changes could we all make.

 

Don’t keep spraying stuff!  – sprays kill everything, it isn’t selective about what it kills. Does it really matter that much, if there are a few holes in petals or leaves? 

 

 

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Choose flowers that are more natural looking  – so nice open petals and more natural looking colour combinations.

 

 

Make sure something is in flower all year round – There are lots of flowers that provide food for insects in winter, click here for a list

 

 

Lastly but most importantly – don’t just regard the garden as an ‘outside room’, think of it also as ‘their home’. You will find you tend to be more tolerant of Nature and you will begin to enjoy the little world you have outside more.

 

 

Oh and if you don’t believe there is a crisis in the bee population, have a read, it is an American article, but much of it is true for here to.

 

At PlantPlots, we chose all the plants we use in our border designs carefully. We try to use plants that are not only lower maintenance and fairly disease resistant, but that are also good sources of nectar.

 

So it’s a win win, you get beautiful border designs and the insects will love coming to visit to.

 

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