What the heck a bee hotel is, and why you want one
WELCOME to the hotel Bee-la-flora.
That's what you should be singing each time you head into your backyard.
Bee hotels are all the rage for avid gardeners and there's a good reason why.
Bees and their butterfly friends are the most important pollinators of crops and plants.
They put in the hard graft of transferring the pollen and seeds from one flower to another and fertilising them so they can grow and produce food.
They are vital to the survival of our agriculture.
So what's a bee hotel?
It's exactly that - a place for them to hang out and nest in. Homemade bee hotels are really easy - tie a few bamboo sticks together and insert them into a shallow pipe so it looks a bit like a bee-hive. Or, use an old biscuit tin and cut pieces of host to fill it, holes facing out.
These pollinators have been going through a bit of a tough time in recent years.
Global warming, increased pesticide use and habitat loss, they are now under threat like never before.
That's pretty scary, so here are a few ways how you can help save them in your own home.
- Have a wide variety of different flowers in your garden
- Don't keep your garden too tidy
- Leave wild flowering plants in place
- Avoid using pesticides.
- If you're feeling really keen, you could even take a course in bee-keeping to boost bee numbers,
- Or create a butterfly habitat in your garden by planting milkweed.
Some plants that will attract bees to your garden include lavender, thyme, fennel, geraniums, crocus, poppies and sunflowers.
The more bees hanging out at your place, the better your garden will be, the more they can reproduce and ultimately creep back to the numbers they once were.
For more information, head HERE.
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