Tips for a bee friendly garden

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The best place to start to make the world a better place to bee is in your back garden, or patio if you are in the city.

Plant the following in your garden as the essential nutrition for bees:

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  • Alyssum
  • Annual Coreopsis
  • Annual scabious
  • bee sage
  • Borage
  • Candytuft
  • Catmint
  • Chives
  • Comfrey
  • French Marigold
  • Larkspur
  • Lavender
  • Mexican hat
  • Nasturtium
  • Sage
  • Sea holly
  • Sedum
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet William
  • Tobacco plant

Reduce the use of pesticides in your garden – the widespread use of pesticides has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), where whole hives have been found abandoned.

Bees need water – place pebbles in a shallow dish of water and you will be bombarded with bumble and honeybees after a few days. Keep it replenished and they will keep returning: bees have good memories.

Provide a shelter for bees from rain or temperature changes. Have longer grasses or densely planted borders.