A couple starter tips and garden tricks
First things first, have you decided where your flowers are going to grow and thrive?Wildflowers LOVE sun, so choose an open patch somewhere free of shelter.
Whether its your front lawn or a pot plant balcony on the 27th floor make sure your garden is pesticide free so bees and pollinators can maintain a nutritious diet.
Native flowers are the easiest to grow and most sustainable for your local pollinators. To make the most of your space ensure you plant a variety of flowers and alternate heights. If you’re in Australia, here are a couple suggestions to get you started;
All-time Classics: Simple flowers like hardenburgia, daffodil, nasturtiums, cosmos, sunflowers, calendula are easy to grow and easy for bees to collect nectar.
Get fancy with herbs: Bees love flowering herbs like lavender, sage, basil, thyme, and rosemary. And they will return the favour by pollinating more.
Fruits and veggies: Why not get your five fruits and veggies from your own garden! Bees love Apple, apricot, strawberries, limes, passionfruit.
Don’t shrug the shrubs: The bushier the better! Aussie bees love flowering gum, Pincushion Hakea, Tea tree Leptospermum, Bottlebrush Callisteon.
Find out more about what your local bees like best here.
WATER IS LIFE
Bees need water too! Make sure they stay hydrated and keep some shallow water with a few pebbles near your garden. Watch a quick clip of bees drinking here.
Australia is home to over 1,600 species of bees and unlike the Honeybee many native bees don’t live in colonies but nest in logs or branches. You could incorporate some hollow wood into your bee-friendly garden too.
Remember to plant flowers blooming all year round, its not only good for bees, but good for your spirits too!