Bees are the best pollenators there are, and are directly responsible for the pollenation of about 30% of the human food supply. So if we want lots of fruit and veg, big flowers and altogether nicer gardens we should do things to attract the bees. Obviously, not using pesticides is a given. Even if a particular substance doesn’t seem harmful to us, bees are so small that the effects are proportinately so much larger on them.
So dumping the chemicals is a great start, but to really get them working your garden, invite the bees in by planting flowers they particularly like. Make life easy by planting large swathes of their favourites together.
what flowers do bees like?
Here is a bee friendly list of flowers.
- Crab applie
- cow parsley