Bees in need
So How can we help? (information below courtesy of the NZ Bee association)
Bee Friendly Garden Tips:
- Don’t use pesticides
- Bees like blue yellow, white or purple flowers – chooses several colours
- Use local and native plants
- Plant flowers in groups together. These patches also attract butterflies.
- Include different sized and shaped flowers
- Try to have flowers for each season
- Favour sunny spots over shade with shelter from wind
- Avoid spraying when flowers are in bloom. Spray early morning or at sunset if necessary.
- Provide fresh, pesticide free drinking water for bees.
- Do not plant prohibited or controlled weeds – www.biosecurity.govt.nz/npp
To help pollination, plant bee friendly plants nearby. Companion planting can help you do this with added benefits such as pest control. Perennials are plants that typically will only need planting once. They come back (the most common are lilies, peonies and herbs like oregano, thyme or lavender). They tend to need very little care, and multiply through the years. Annuals need to be planted every year. Sunflowers are a good example or vegetable plants like tomatoes.