Bee Friendly Gardens are absolutely vital – read on to see if yours is up to the mark and what to do if it’s not!
“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 the bees feed from – easily?
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. You might as well fill the garden with plastic flowers – they’re just as useless!
I planted these this year – red pelargoniums, because they looked pretty…but that’s all they did – look pretty.
Not one insect landed there, fed from them or even noticed them!
So what do you need to do:
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?
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, I know 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.
We’ve more articles to read to; All on creating a more insect friendly and bio-diverse garden.