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For Bees to have access to enough plant nectar


to feed their Queens and the non-workers in their hives,
they need a wild flower meadow of at least 12 hectares.
Therefore to maintain their many species, they are now
dependent on our flower rich gardens.
Spare Tomato Plants put outside in the garden, any plant that flowers will help to provide for them wherever we live.
Hoverflies are essential too, as they feed on Greenfly and Blackfly until the nights cool down the second week in
Please, please, everybody, do not use chemical sprays in your garden. Help to preserve these essential wildlife insects which both feed us with honey, and by transferring
Pollen as they collect Nectar, preserve the plants which
feed us.

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I agree we do need to do a lot to help our bees. We could also grow single open flowers instead of all the doubles that are nectar and pollen poor.

23 May, 2016


Totally agree Dianne I've noticed a reduction in bees over the last few years in the local vicinity and my garden. My Sister keeps bees also, as for myself I never use anything in my garden that's not an environmentally friendly product.

23 May, 2016


I whole heartedly agree Diane!

23 May, 2016


I think we all try our best, but are fighting a losing battle when the farmers spread so much bug spray on the fields.

The following agrochemicals are used on oilseed rape in the UK, however, the chemicals involved are also used on other arable crops also:


Iprodione/thiophanate methyl

Herbicides & Desiccants

Glufosinate ammonium

We leave patches of nettles for the butterflies to lay eggs on, dead nettles (till they have finished flowering) for the bees and we have hawthorn, fruit and other flowering trees as well as the flowers. Trying to create a haven for insects and birds in the barren fields around us!

23 May, 2016


So true, Diane!

I am delighted to notice a lot of solitary bees in the garden this year. A lot are nesting in the leaf litter along the bottom of one of the garden walls. We have had bumble bee nests in the eaves at the front for the last three years - haven't noticed any yet this year. The next door neighbour was perturbed, but they caused us no inconvenience whatsoever. At first, we thought the gentle hum we could hear in one of the bedrooms was electrical! The nest doesn't last very long, just a couple of months, less time than a wasps' nest (I can't honestly recommend one of those, we've had three or four and although we had no stings, wasps have a nasty habit of losing their way and entering the house)

24 May, 2016

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