The Go Go Bees!
I received an email the other day about my post How Can We Bee … Helpful?asking were there any particular flowers or herbs that bees really love? Well yes, yes there are!
We do all have to bee mindful of our little pollinators, for without them, life on our planet will simply not bee the same! If anything at all. I am oft surprised at how few people understand the impact our bees have on everything we eat.
So what can we do to help save the bees in our gardens more? Research undertaken by many authorities has shown that the planting of more herbs in our gardens encourages and motivates the bees to bee more pro-active in the daily tasks.
Herbs are great to grow anyway, as so many of them have primary and secondary uses in the household from medicinal purposes to dietary garnishing and flavouring, perfumery and scented properties and to boot, they actually smell really nice most of the time. So you can use herbs fresh or dried.
You know as said herbs have many uses not just for the bees which you will read about in a moment but for us – culinary delights and herbal teas. Medicinally herbs have been grown and harvested for centuries and were used in prehistoric medicines, and as far back as 5000BCE [Before Common Era] they were being used as one of the forerunners to many of the artificial chemical medications we have today.
But equally herbs were used in religions – monks used to grow a lot of herbs alongside their vegetables and not just for the additional properties of use, but also as companion plants to some of those vegetables – some herbs act as a ‘back off predator’ to some of the pests who invade our gardens yearly.
We see a strong return to herbal cosmetics which were used as such as far back as six centuries ago when mixtures of herbs were being milled up and turned into pastes to whiten the face – but even today we still have many cosmetics that rely heavily upon herbs – from face creams and scrubs to lipsticks, body oils and natural fragrances.
Some herbs can be used exclusively by gardeners not just in the aforementioned role of companion planting, but many also when soaked and stewed can be used to act as insecticides and preventers, some have astringent scents attached to them which many pests simply do not like, and others have a sticky surface trapping many pests to them.
So having a herb garden or space allocated to growing herbs, or just mixing herbs with your natural garden produce does have the dual benefit of helping you as well as all of our pollinators.
Check out the link below …
More than just a garnish
Herbs Bee Specific
In the garden Suze and l have here, we have chosen to have a mixture of herbs mixed in with the main bulk of our flowers, shrubs and bushes in addition to specifically cultivating herbs for indoor uses. Of course last year l went a bit nuts and now we have a LOT of different mints in the garden and they are , well invasive is such a hostile word – so l will opt for the word “Enthusiastic”, and already they are enthusiastically growing and making their presence known. But in addition to those we also have the following nectar filled herbs which to bees is a bit like ‘go go juice’, it really turns them on!
Global bee populations are declining, dangerously so they are one of the biggest pollinators to the world’s food production, so keeping them with us is not just important to our wellbeeing but paramount almost to our survival. Pesticide poisonings and aggressive agricultural farming methods, climate change and suburbanisation are amongst the chief culprits to these populations declining so as gardeners we need to do everything within our powers to increase the populations and keep our bees healthy.
Here are six plants that we have in our garden in abundance that bees adore!
You know you could miss everything and just have a garden filled with lavenders and everyone would be happy!
Of course there are other herbs you can plant that produce smaller blossoms but they still attract pollinators and that is the name of this game! You want to attract pollinators to your gardens. If you would like further ideas check out the link below.
Of course you don’t have to grow all of these herbs mentioned, you can just grow a few, but the main point is to have somewhere for the bees to go to where they are in a nutrient filled environment that helps them sustain their life and their whole essence of life as well as ours.
Food for thoughts indeed.
Thanks for reading.