BEE FRIENDLY PLANTS – FOOD GROWING TIPS

WHY ARE BEES IMPORTANT?

Bees are our main pollinators, pollinating a third of the food we eat and 80% of flowering plants. Pollination is crucial because many of our vegetables, fruits and the crops that feed our livestock rely on it to be fertilised, so without it, we could go hungry.

 

Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat and 80% of flowering plants and they produce honey! 

WHICH PLANTS CAN I GROW TO HELP BEES?

If you are going to plan a “bee friendly” garden you should consider growing:

  • Plants that bloom in WINTER or EARLY SPRING
  • SINGLE PETAL FLOWERS offering a large platform for bees to land on
  • PURPLE FLOWERS as this is a  more visible colour for bees
  • TUBULAR SHAPED FLOWERS are bumble bees favourite

WINTER FLOWERS

Mahonia

Mahonia

Ivy

Ivy

Heather

Heather

SINGLE PETAL FLOWERS

cosmos

Cosmos

calendula

Calendula

single dahlia

Single Dahlia

PURPLE FLOWERS

LAVENDER

Lavender

Allium

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

TUBULAR SHAPE

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Foxglove

Foxglove

Wild flowers are fantastic for attracting bees and other pollinators.

To read more of Clyo’s food growing tips click here

CLYO PARECCHINI, LIVEWELL COORDINATOR

 

Clyo heads up Wen’s Live Well cooking and food growing courses in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Classes explore in a practical way how diet and lifestyles has an impact on the planet. Attendees learn and try new plant based recipes, spend time in the community garden and enjoy a delicious lunch. 

 

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