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Bee-Friendly Gardening

Flowering plants, wildflower seeds and accessories to help the bees!

It wouldn't be summer without the hum of bees in the air. Bees play a crucial role in our ecosystems and without them our environment would struggle. As a pollinating species bees allow for colourful and healthy countryside and are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat!

Why are bees good for the environment?

Crops are only able to spread if the flowers they see from are pollinated. As bees fly from one flower to the next in search of nectar, they leave behind grains of pollen from other plants. This transference means that the male and the female parts of the flower are brought together, resulting in growth and the production of food.

Not only do bees play a huge role in creating the food we eat as humans, they also provide important nutrition to all kinds of other wild animals. Even the honey they make, in order to feed their own colonies during the winter, provides nutrition for other birds and insects.

Bees themselves are also part of the natural food chain and are an important source of food for many insects like spiders and dragonflies. Each creature plays a role in allowing our diverse ecosystem to flourish and so, it’s important that we protect each species from dying out!

Why are bees dying out?

There are many reasons why bees have begun to die out. These are all politically debated but it generally comes down to the fact that we use too many pesticides, destroy healthy habitats, pollute our air and are starting to feel the impacts of global warming. In other words; humans are largely responsible for the dying out of bees.

Bees colonise during the spring and summer, so it’s natural to see a slowing in reproduction in the winter, usually a decline of about 5-10%. But more recently this figure has shown to have risen to 15-20% and in some cases has even reached more than 50%.

What can you do to help the bees?

There are lots of easy ways we can start to help the bees. Here are a few Bloombox Club suggestions:

  • Plant some wildflower seeds in your garden or outside space
  • Avoid using chemicals when you’re gardening
  • Plant a tree that blossoms: bees get a lot of their nectar from trees, not just plants!
  • Create a bee bath in your outside space: bees get thirsty in the warm summer months so fill a bowl with water and pebbles, for the bees to land on
  • Add a bee house to your outdoor space and provide a safe home for our buzzy friends
  • Support a beekeeper by buying locally made honey