Helping bees pollinate your garden
Bees play a vital role in pollinating and helping our food supply. Pumpkin, zucchini and cucumbers for example, all rely on bees. Did you know bees are on the decline? A number of factors such as pesticides, contamination to bee’s food sources, removal of natural habitat and an increase of flowerless landscapes, are all contributing to the problem.
Learn about bees
What bees are in your area? Take some time to learn basic information about the types of bees you might spot in your garden and surrounds. In NSW for example, you could come across Carpenter bees, Reed bees, stingless and many others. The more you learn the more you will be able to help.
Avoid using pesticides
We live in a time where there seems to be a solution for every problem. However, when it comes to garden pesticides they are not always the best solution. They can kill bees (and other insects). Make sure you research and ask plenty of questions about the products you are using. You can also ditch the sprays and pesticide products altogether and start organic gardening. There are certain plants and techniques you can use to deter insects without any nasty sprays!
Plants for bees
Plant a wide variety of plants in your garden. Bees are attracted to bright colours, especially blue, yellow and purple. So not only will you be creating a place for your bees, but your garden will look wonderful. Plant native plants where possible and don’t forget herbs. Bees will like some herbs as well. You can try basil, sage and thyme.
Bees are an important part of our ecosystem. Taking a little time to learn more and make small changes will help their population. Talk to others about pollinators and start discussions. Many people aren’t aware of the important role they play. In Australia, November is the time of year when pollinators get to work. So, get ready now so when November rolls around, your garden will be bee-friendly.
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