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World Bee Day


World Bee Day is on Monday 20 May and given an estimated third of the food we consume each day is reliant on pollination by bees and the number of bees across the world declining at an alarming rate, we are encouraging everyone to spread awareness of the importance of bees and their essential role in our survival.

Why do we need bees?

Without Honeybees both our productive and decorative gardens would suffer hugely, not to mention commercial horticulture and farming. Bee numbers are declining throughout the world and home gardeners can do their bit to prevent this by making their gardens as bee friendly as possible. Eliminating chemical sprays is key to this process. Even organic sprays should be sprayed at night as they are toxic to bees.

How can we encourage bee numbers to rise?

Growing plants that provide plenty of food is important if you want to attract bees to the garden. Many modern hybrid flowering plants produce little nectar or pollen so avoid these if possible and plant old-fashioned or heirloom varieties. When you’re walking around the neighbourhood or in a park look out for bees and see what plants they are attracted to.

What are the best plants to attract bees?

Blue and yellow flowering plants are the best plants for bees. These plants are even better if they are mass planted so bees can spend their time foraging in one area. Our native Hebe is also a bee magnet as are fruit trees such as Apple, Pear, Citrus and Plum trees. Bees love herbs like Borage, Rosemary, Lavender, Sage and Thyme too along with popular flowering annuals and perennials such as Alyssum, Catmint, Cosmos, Marigold and Phlox.

Here are a few tips to support the bees:

  • Plant flowers for multiple seasons to ensure there is a steady supply of pollen for bees year round. You can plant these on balconies, terraces and in gardens for decorative purposes
  • Mow your lawns in the evening
  • If you need to spray your garden, check with your local garden or hardware store that you're using a bee-friendly weed killer, there are some good options on the market. If you are spraying, spray plants in windless weather conditions early in the morning or late in the evening, when bees are back to their hives
  • Teach our children about importance of the bees
  • Buy honey and other bee products from a local beekeeper

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