Did you know that September is ‘Bee Awareness Month’? A whole month dedicated to celebrating bees! But did you also know that the world’s bee population is in rapid decline? Each honey bee colony requires a billion flowers a season to survive. Incredibly, each honey bee can only produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey, but a whole hive can make up to 150kg a year! Want to help save the humble bee? Here’s some ideas of how you can make your garden more bee friendly…
Plant a bee-friendly garden Bees will forage on wildflowers and bee-friendly plants for nectar and pollen. They are particularly drawn to purple, blue, yellow and white flowers. Try planting lavender, citrus trees and rosemary, as these are bee favourites and provide bees with energy and protein. Other plants to consider: Marigolds, Poppy, Sunflowers, Rosemary, Catnip, Zucchini and Carrots.
Help with hydration Although bees don’t drink, they do collect water for the hive. Try filling a shallow dish with water with a few stones for bees to perch on. Once bees find a good source of water, they will return regularly – which will also benefit your garden!
Spray Safely Some pesticides have synthetic chemicals which leave lasting residues, and these can kill bees and other insects. Try using natural products (better for the environment too) and if you must spray, make sure you spray in the evening when bees aren’t so active.