IT’S EASY TO PLANT FOR POLLINATORS.
There is a massive forage crisis facing us, as within our inner cities, every possible piece of available green space and land is being built upon. The number of beehives is expanding, whilst available forage is disappearing. In the countryside, honey bees and pollinators starve due to the erosion of forage by farming, compromised hedgerows, trees being cut back or dying, and the overall crisis is only getting worse!
THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER.
- WATER. Honey Bees do not store water within their hive, they leave the hive to collect it, and you would be surprised the water sources they choose. A pond is always a good source of water for pollinators and Honey Bees, but if you don’t have a pond, or a bird bath, then a bowl filled with pepples or marbles left to collect the rainwater will provide an excellent source.
- DON’T OVER COMPLICATE. Honey Bees have shorter proboscis, or tongues, than butterflies or bumble bees, and can’t feed from the type of showy, large, overbred flowers available from most superstores. Try to keep as close as possible to the original, simple structure flowers where nectar and pollen are readily accessible.
- BEES SEE IN ULTRA-VIOLET. Honey Bees vision is within the ultra-violet spectrum, meaning that plants flowering in blue or purple are the most appealing to them. Flowers in red are much less attractive.
- LEAVE THE LAWN LONGER. Mowing the lawn less can help provide excellent sources of forage. Try to leave an area to grow wild, as many common lawn weeds such as clover, dandelion and daisies provide an essential nectar source in the early season.
- BUSHES AND TREES. If your fortunate enough to have the available space, then you should begin your bee friendly planting with perennial trees and bushes. A solitary Linden (lime) tree, when in flower provides the approximate equivalent of 350 square meters of wildflower meadow.
- ORGANIC GARDENING. Make a conscious effort to try to garden organically and avoid the use of pesticides and chemicals. If treatment is essential, DON’T OVERDOSE! Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Hyacinths. Grape Hyacinths. Anemone. Chives. Rosemary. Thyme. Primrose.