Bee-friendly plants

Published on May 4th 2020
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Bees are a vital part of the global ecosystem and it is our job as gardeners to provide a safe haven for them in our gardens.
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Artichoke flower
Water, pollen, and nectar - consistently. If you can create a garden that will provide these vital resources for a bee, you have yourself a bee-friendly garden.
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Here are a few tips to help you create a bee-friendly garden:
  • Plan to have flowerings plants all year round
  • Be diverse in colour, shape, and size of your flowers
  • Plant fruit trees, especially citrus
  • Allow some of your vegetables and herbs to flower
  • Provide a water source in your garden, ensuring that there is a rock or stones in it for the bees to sit on
  • Be diverse in the types of plants you select
  • Avoid pesticides and chemicals
  • Plant herbs!
  • Relax the weeding and allow weeds to flower but NOT to shoot seed
  • Build a bee house
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Hypoestes aristata
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Perennial basil


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