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This month, Beefayre has a very special offer: with their “Seeds for Bees” giveaway, you can receive a free packet of snapdragon seeds and a 20% discount voucher for Beefayre’s lovely range of bath and body treats, scented candles, room diffusers and more.
3% of Beefayre’s profits are donated to bee conservation projects, so you can treat yourself and know you’re helping our bee friends survive.
Encouraging bees to your garden couldn’t be easier. Follow Beefayre’s tips for a rich bee and pollinator ecosystem this summer and beyond.
Variety is the spice of life…
Choose a variety of shapes and colours – blue, violet, and purple are the most nectar rich.
Single-layered petal flowers are easier for our bees to get to rather than double-layered petal-heavy flowers. Further information can be found at www.beefayre.com.
Bee Friendly All Year
Investigate seasonal plants so our bees are equipped all year, e.g. crocus in the waking spring, ivy for the winter, and an abundance of flowers in the summer.
Lavender, native wildflowers and herb gardens are bee-favourites; and it’s always a case of the more the merrier. Borage and comfrey are champagne to bees.
Let’s spoil our hardworking bees because more blue and mauve flowers means more bees!
Don’t pick those dandelions! Dandelion pollen is very rich in fats, a very important energy source for bees and other pollinators, providing an especially rich source of food in early spring.
Your bees will love you for allowing your garden to grow a little wild! Don’t pull up those “weeds” until you’ve checked the species! Leave an area of your garden to be totally wild!
Consider investing in some solitary bee nesting boxes, or make your own. Position on a south-facing wall for maximum sun exposure.
Tree bumblebees may also appreciate a bird nesting box, they won’t take up residence for long.
Bees get thirsty too. When it warms up a bit, bees will appreciate a bird bath or somewhere where a little rain water can collect. Alternatively fill a bowl with marbles and water so the bees can’t drown.
Pesticides are foe, not friend. Try to use harm-free alternatives instead. Always read the labels on the plant before buying and avoid pesticides.
Consider taking up beekeeping as a hobby. Join the BBKA and attend a local event – courses are held nationwide.