Bees have been in the news for a number of years now, and for good reason. Now more than ever, people realise the importance of bees to produce our food. Why are they important you ask? Well, bees pollinate a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystems.

Some 84% of the crops grown for human consumption (around 400 types of plants) need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality.

Without them, say goodbye to plenty of fruits and veggies we cannot live without. So what can we do to help our little mates out and in turn grow beautiful fruits and veggies in our Airgardens?

There are many herbs we can grow in our Airgardens, along with many other natives and non-native plants and flowers to attract bees into our main gardens. Read on below to get some great  ideas.

 

Herbs We Can Grow in our Airgardens

Some of these herbs are very bee-friendly. They are great companions to fruit & veggie plants and can deter insect pests too. try these herbs:

  1. Basil - an annual that grows right through the warmer weather, producing sprays of white & pink flowers in late summer and autumn. allowing a few flowers to develop will attract bees.

 

  1. Thyme - a perennial mini shrub that flowers in late summer.

 

  1. Sage - does a good job as a bee attractant and grows well in the Airgarden..

 

  1. Rocket - is actually classed as a herb and also a leafy green. Allowing some rocket to flower and go to seed will encourage friendly insects to visit the garden.

There are plenty of others too: you can also try Chives, Lavender, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Mint, Oregano, Parsley and Rosemary

 

 

 

        (Sophie Thomson @ sophiespatch.com.au)

 

Create a Bee-Friendly Main Garden

Choose plants that will flower at various times of the year and plant in large patches to encourage them to cross pollinate different species and gather in larger numbers. So what should we plant then?

 

 

Native Flowering Plants

Non-Natives

  • banksia
  • bottlebrush
  • brachyscome
  • bursaria
  • chocolate lily
  • correa
  • dianella
  • dillwynia
  • eremophila
  • eucalypt
  • fringe lily
  • grevillea
  • gum trees
  • hakea
  • hardenbergia
  • hibiscus
  • lilly pilly
  • olearia
  • persoonia
  • prostanthera
  • pultenaea
  • scaevola
  • tea-tree
  • tetratheca
  • wahlenbergia
  • westringia
  • xerochrysu
  • abelia
  • alyssum
  • buddleia
  • calendula
  • cosmos
  • dahlia
  • daisies
  • diosma
  • hebe
  • lavender
  • marigold
  • penstemon
  • phacelia
  • queen anne’s lace
  • roses
  • salvia

 

 

Use Eco-Friendly Pest Sprays

One of the most important ways in which we can ensure the health of our native and non-native bee populations is to ensure we use bee-friendly herbicides, fungicides and pest sprays. We have a list of them in our previous blog post on insects & pests and leaf disease management