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Bee-u-tiful gardens

Bee-u-tiful gardens

Research tells us that natural homes for bees are becoming harder to find which means that planting a bee-friendly garden should become a priority. Bee-friendly gardens also contribute to increasing bee varieties and for veggie gardeners there’s the added bonus of enjoying a bountiful harvest thanks to hard-working honey bees pollinating crops

If you have a garden already and would like to start creating a bee-friendly haven, then doing so isn’t as complicated as you may think. Here are a few tips  by Garden Master to  assist you in your quest to positively impact the environment:

  • Choose plants that attract bees: This is fairly self-explanatory but there are certain plants that are more attractive to bees than others. These plants include the likes of basil, sage, thyme, lavender, watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkin
  • Group the same plants together: If you have the space, try to plant at least one square metre of the same type of plant together.
  • Pick plants with long blooming cycles: This will keep the bees coming back to your garden.
  • Let your plants flower: Leave the flowers on your plants, this will allow the honeybees to get the pollen and nectar they need.
  • Fresh water source: Any shallow water source will do; a bird bath, a waterfall, a pool or even newly- watered potted plants are good for bees.
  • No pesticides or other chemicals: Most chemicals are toxic to bees, so when in doubt, rather leave it out.
  • Weeds: Flowering weeds are very important food sources for bees.

 

Interesting bee facts :

  1. To produce a pound of honey, foraging bees have to fly around a whopping 88,500 kilometers
  2. That’s a lot of honey bees, working very hard, because each honey bee will only produce around one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its life!
  3. That’s despite the fact that a foraging honey bee visits up to 100 flowers – per foraging trip
  4. Honey is the only food made by an insect, and eaten by both the insect and humans
 

Durban Get It Magazine April 2018

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