Save the Bees and get garden savvy
Oh, I love bees I really do. I think they are so clever and helpful and their pollinating and hard works help us breathe! Having a small garden or even no garden isn’t really an excuse. You can help the bees in lots of ways here are a few that we love…
Start by planting
Paris and London have award-winning honey and the reason isn’t because of their botanical gardens, it’s actually because of window boxes and roof-top gardens. That fancy orchid you bought may just be the cream of the crop to your local bee. If you just have flower boxes or a small garden why not start with herbs or small shrubs. these are generally fairly hardy plants.
In Sunny Romford and the street where I live the gardens are often filled with the hum of happy bees. Due to the number of bee-friendly flowers that have been planted. Not only do they smell good, you can dry them and put the flowers into food or soaps and candles too.
Sunflowers in spring are great for our buzzing friends. Children and adults can grow them from seeds and watch them grow. The birds will be super happy too and again you can grow these without having too much space.
If you grow yourself a little herb garden you will be surprised how pretty the flowers are especially on the thyme and chives. The bees will be happy too.
(We have a number of starter seeds packs on offer to help get you started)
Say goodbye to harmful pesticides
Synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides are all harmful to bees. Using these in your garden can not only keep bees away but also endanger their lives. Organic pesticides are an option or you could spray at night when pollinators are least active. Ladybirds are one of your best friends in your garden. They eat aphids and act as wonderful gardeners. Neonicotinoid chemicals are very harmful to bees so don’t use them with your plants.
A Bee’s Home from Home
Honey Bees and Bumblebees live in nests but most other bees are solitary. They will make their nest where ever they choose and you can help them by having a bee or bug hotel. This is also useful to lacewings and other garden friends. We really like the Friendly Bug Barn from Wildlife World.
If you can’t afford to buy a bee house then you can make one by layering bits of wood and bark, anything that has small cracks in it that insects and bees can squeeze into. Old bits of bamboo are great for hosting solitary bees.
Gardening is all about learning. Learning about what plants like what, how best they grow and more importantly, how best they help keep our bees healthy. Sunlight and watering are key to a healthy garden so don’t be hard on yourself if some plants don’t grow the way you want them to.
Flower bombs are a great way to begin in your garden as they normally come with a little soil and the effects are wonderful. Also if your garden sits parallel to your neighbours then see what plants they are growing well. Talk to them about plants as they will be able to recommend plants that work well and also ones that have failed in their garden.
Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram or Facebook if your garden get lots of friendly visitors this summer, we’d love to see you bee houses.