I don’t know about you, but I love to see bees in the garden. Knowing they are busy pollenating my plants is something I have always been excited about. So with that in mind, today I am sharing tips on how to make your garden Bee friendly. Read on for hints, tips and ideas. As well as why it’s a good idea to encourage bees into your garden.
Bees are great at pollenating your plants, fruit and vegetables. So if you want to see a bumper crop, it’s worth spending some time encouraging bees into your garden.
‘Buzz – The Nature and Necessity Of Bees‘ and ‘The Good Bee – A Celebration of Bees and How to Save Them‘ are available at The Works, alongside a good selection of gardening books. These books explain in great detail why pollination is so important. But the long and short of it is that Bumblebees are endangered and need all the help they can get to bring them back from the brink of extinction.
As a Manchester resident, the Bee holds a special place in my heart. The Worker Bee has been associated with my City for a long time. So I’m sure it’s no surprise that a lot of work is being done in my area to protect Bees.
How To Make Your Garden Bee Friendly
I have decided to compile a list of 10 ways to make your garden Bee friendly.
1). Plant Bee Friendly Plants
Bees love the following plants… Foxglove, Bluebells, Honeysuckle and Comfrey (which also makes epic plant food). Harvest the leaves and let them break down, then you’ll have a dark, nutrient-rich plant food to use around the garden. Be careful though – some plants are toxic to dogs.
2). Vary The Plants To Keep Bees Visiting All Year
Gardeners tend to plant based on the seasons. If you ensure you have Bee – friendly plants in all of these timeframes, your garden will attract bees all year round.
3). Choose Some Winter Bee Friendly Plants
The early part of the year is very cold in the UK. During Winter, Bees tend to find nectar on Ivy, Snowdrops (pictured below) and Mahonia. Planting these will help keep the bees going through the cold months.
4). Plant Bee Friendly Plants For Spring
Spring is when Bees start increasing in numbers. They are busy collecting nectar and pollenating your plants, fruit and vegetables as they go. Choosing Pussywillow, Crocus and apple trees (pictured below) will encourage Bees into your garden during Spring.
5). Opt For Some Summer Favourites
Phacelia, Lavender (pictured below) and Hawthorn are favourites of the Bees in the hottest months. I am a huge fan of Lavender and have grand plans of planting lots of it in my front garden in the months to come.
6). Select Some Bee Friendly Plants For Autumn
During Autumn, Abelia, Sedum and Honeysuckle (pictured below) are safe bets when it comes to encouraging Bees into your garden in the UK. They can’t seem to get enough of them.
7). Make A Bee Hotel
A lot of UK Bees are solitary. They don’t live in colonies or hives, and work alone. These Bees are often glad of having somewhere to stay, so making a Bee Hotel is a great way to encourage them to “move in“, and set up home in your garden. If you’re not one for DIY, you can always buy one.
8). Don’t Use Pesticides
Keeping your garden organic is a great way to help keep Bees around. They are harmed by Pesticides, so keeping your garden organic will definitely help Bees in the long run.
9). Avoid Excessive Weeding
Bees are more than happy with the pollen in lawn clover and dandelions. So leaving an area of your garden “wild” is a good way to attract Bees.
10). Help Tired Bees
Some Bees get tired and can’t make it “home”. If you find a Bee which seems to be in trouble, you can help… This usually happens in colder months, when nectar full plants are more scarce.
If you find one, mix equal parts of warm water and sugar. Place this mixture in a bottle cap or something similar, near the bee’s head. The Bee should stick out its proboscis to drink, become energised and warm up.
With all of this information, you should now know how to make your garden Bee friendly. Do share any more tips in the comments below.