With bees on the decline it's never been more important for us to come together to help them survive. One company that is stepping up for the long-term future of bees is Beefayre which is once again repeating its successful ‘Seeds for Bees’ giveaway.
Beefayre offers natural home and body-care products and donates three per cent of its profits to bee conservation. This year the company has teamed up with seed supplier, Mr Fothergills, to offer thousands of free seed packets.
This year’s ‘Seeds for Bees’ featured flower is the Snapdragon. Providing a splash of colour in any garden, the Snapdragon is a bee favourite as it releases four times more fragrance, drawing them from far and wide to its flower.
Sharon Jervis, founder of Beefayre, said: “By simply planting and tending to your ‘Seeds for Bees’ Snapdragons, you will be offering a much-needed source of pollen. Whether they are planted on a balcony in the city, or added to a country meadow – this one small act can make a huge difference.”
To get your free seeds, visit Beefayre and complete a short form. Your seeds will then be sent direct to you ready for planting. Plus you'll receive a 20% discount voucher for all Beefayre products.
How to encourage bees to your garden
- Choose a variety of shapes and colours blue, violet, and purple are the most nectar rich!
- Single-layered petal flowers are easier for bees to get to rather than double-layered petal-heavy flowers
- Investigate seasonal plants so our bees are equipped all year, e.g. Crocus in spring, Ivy for the winter, and an abundance of flowers in the summer
- Lavender, native wildflowers and herb gardens are bee-favourites and it’s always a case of the more the merrier. Borage and comfrey are champagne to bees!
- Let’s spoil our hardworking bees because more blue and mauveflowers means more bees!
- Don’t pick those dandelions! Dandelion pollen is rich in fats, an important energy source for bees and other pollinators, providing a rich source of food early spring.
- Your bees will love you for allowing your garden to grow a little wild! Don’t pull up those weeds until you’ve checked the species! Leave an area of your garden to be totally wild
- Consider investing in some solitary bee nesting boxes, or make your own! Position on a south facing wall for maximum sun exposure.
- Tree bumblebees may also appreciate a bird nesting box, they won’t take up residence for long!
- Water! Bees get thirsty too. When it warms up a bit, bees will appreciate a bird bath or somewhere where a little rain water can collect. Alternatively fill a bowl with marbles and water so the bees can’t drown
- Pesticides are foe, not friend! Try and use harm free alternatives instead. Always read the labels on the plant before buying and avoid pesticides.
- Consider taking up beekeeping as a hobby! Join the BBKA and attend a local course (courses are held nationwide).
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