World Bee Day
Monday 20 May
You need bees, your garden needs bees – if we are all to eat and survive, the world needs bees! Why? Because these busy little creatures are the pollinators of more than a third of all our food crops and about 90% of wildflowers, ensuring they survive, thrive and flourish.
However, at home and abroad, bee populations are on a rapid decline. If World Bee Day buzzed right past you on 20 May, here’s what you can still do to SAVE THE BEE.
First and foremost, make sure that your garden, potted patio, balcony or yard is filled with the plants that will supply them with what bees need – forage or bee food. For bees, their forage or food supply consists of nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range.
The forage sources for honeybees are an important consideration for beekeepers. If you’re not sure which plants are bee-friendly, download Candide – the free, social and eco-conscious gardening app that will tell you which plants are most bee-friendly.
“If there’s one species more than any other that you’d call the gardeners best friend,” said Candide’s Shani Krige, “It’s the bee. Through their intuitive cross-pollination system, they sustain a whole range of plants from flowers and shrubs to vegetables, herbs and trees.
And it’s this variety, this biodiversity, that creates a healthy environment that can support all living things – great, small and tiny. In nature, everything is connected one way or another and the bee is the single most vital connector.”
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