Watching those busy little bees’s buzz around your garden busily working all day is a gardeners delight. Knowing that your garden is full of very hard-working positive insects is satisfying and almost always ensures a bumper crop. But how do you get these beautiful little creatures to not only visit your garden but stay awhile too, well let me explain but first…..
Why Attract Bees To Your Garden
The Benefits of attracting bees’s to your garden are in abundance (just as your flowers and vegetables will be with these guys working on your side). Bee’s play an essential role in pollinating your garden. Without bees many of our vegetables and fruits would never even reach harvest stage. Take the pumpkin family for example, they have separate male and female flowers and unless pollen gets carried from the male to the female, there’s no way that plants such as cucumber, zucchini, and pumpkin will even develop. So the more bees you have working in your garden the more fruits, vegetables and flowers you will have.
Let’s not forget about the most important thing about bees- HONEY!
Honey has numerous health benefits ranging from aiding sleep, alleviating sore throats and colds, to strengthening the immune system.
If you are lucky enough to have a happy and healthy bees hive in your garden you will have an endless supply of honey
How To Attract Bees To Your Garden In 6 Very Simple Steps
1. Grow plants with nectar or pollen.
It’s important to grow a range of plants that will provide a continuous flowering period, especially from March to September. Provide a wide range of flowering plants to keep the flowers blooming.
2. Relax on weeding and avoid pesticides
Many of the plants we consider weeds actually do a brilliant job at supporting our wildlife. Lawn clovers and even dandelions will attract and provide pollen and nectar for bees. Pesticides however will deter if not kill of your bees.
3. Make or buy bees nests.
Queen bumblebees seek out places to hibernate in autumn and early winter, they then emerge in late winter and early spring seeking a place to start a nest. You can provide a cosy, safe home for them to hibernate by creating a bees pot or nest, using a few easy-to-find materials.
4. Make or buy bees hotels.
Having a bees hotel in your garden is a great way to improve diversity in your garden. Solitary bees lay their eggs in the hollow cavities, leaving a small supply of food for the larvae to eat. The larvae then hatch, pupate and emerge from the stems. Making your own bees hotel can be a fantastic project for you and the kids and is super easy using scrap materials or you can purchase your very own kit
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5. Provide cover for bees.
Bees need a break from the sun and heat, too. Planting ground cover can give them a place to hide out between feedings and flying.
6. Give them something to drink.
Place shallow dishes of water around your yard. Use marbles or small rocks for bees to sit on whilst drinking. Bee’s can drown in large dishes of water
Types Of Flowers To Attract Bees
- Annuals – alyssum, cosmos, Queen Anne’s Lace, calendula, phacelia, sunflowers, nasturtiums, forget-me-nots,
- Perennials – daisies, salvias, penstemons, catmint, banksias, blueberries and rasberries
- Herbs (when in flower) – lavender, rosemary, oregano, borage, basil, yarrow, dill, parsley
- Trees & Shrubs – eucalypts, grevilleas, bottlebrushes, buddleia, abelia, tea trees
- Vegetables- pumpkin, zucchini, Tomatoes, eggplant
Tips For Selecting Bee Attracting Plants
Picking the right plants for your garden is important, keep these few things in mind when choosing your next addition.
- Pick plants that are suitable to the growing conditions of your area.
- Choose varieties that flower across the seasons – the longer the flowering period, the longer bees will be attracted to your garden.
- Bees prefer yellow and blue flowers, so factor these into your selection.
- Flowering plants will not just attract bees – they’ll also attract other beneficial insects that are the natural predators of pests like aphids.
- When harvesting food plants like carrots, leave a few to create an umbel or flower head full of nectar and pollen.
Get Behind A Fellow Black And Yellow
Bee’s in your garden are your best friend and it’s so easy to attract these friendly little nectar collectors. To get them buzzing into your back yard Just ‘think bees’. Bee’s only care about flowers and pollen so if you have plenty of these you will have plenty of bees’s, provide a bit of shelter and something to drink and you’re providing a bees paradise. So get buzzing and make your yard bees friendly.
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