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How and why you should encourage bees into your garden

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How and why you should encourage bees into your garden

We’ve been busily working on our garden for three years now, since we purchased our first home together.  One thing we haven’t added yet is many flowers and we really need to.  Not only do I want to add flowers because they add colour and interest, but also to encourage bees into our garden.  Unfortunately the population of honeybees have been declining and the importance of the bee by many is probably vastly underestimated.  A few years ago I certainly would not have realised the significance of a bee!

How and why you should encourage bees into your garden

Why are bees important?

Bees are needed to pollinate flowers and thus enable fruit and vegetables to grow.  Around 70 of the 100 crops we eat as humans are pollinated by bees.  If they did not pollinate the flowers, the food would not grow.  I experienced this myself last year as I tried to grow courgettes in my garden.  The flowers did not pollinate, most likely due to a lack of bees, so they just died and dropped off and no courgettes grew.

Plants are pollinated in other ways such as by wind, insects and birds, but the most important way is by the bees that are responsible for the vast amount of pollination.

Why are bee populations declining?

Due to a variety of reasons bee populations have dramatically fallen over the past ten years: 

  • wet summers
  • nasty chemical pesticides (another great reason to choose organic produce)
  • less natural habitats
  • disease
  • mites

How can we help to save the bees?

  • Plant a variety of flowers in your garden
  • Grow flowering fruit trees and vegetable plants
  • Allow wild patches of land and wild flowers
  • Create a bee nesting box
  • Stop using pesticides and nasty chemicals in the garden
  • Buy organic food to reduce the pesticide use even further

For more information, take a look at this infographic:

 the-importance-of-the-honey-bee

 *in collaboration with First Tunnels

 

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  1. I love this! Our neighbour (who shares our garden) keeps bees and I'd love to understand more about them. I'd especially love to plant more bee-friendly flowers and encourage them. Thanks for all the info.

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  2. I so agree with all of this. I am a big fan of having lavender in my garden to keep the bees coming back. #thelistlinky

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  3. Great post. Bees need our help desperately.

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  4. We love spotting bees in our garden but there aren't so many these days but we shall encourage more with your fab top tips. Very interesting post #brillblogposts

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  5. Kayleigh Watkins

    I didn't realise the importance of bees until reading this, they really do need help, we have flowers and bees in our garden, and I'm glad now that we do xxx

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