Save our bees!
Whether your garden is cute and compact, or gigantic and glorious, maintaining it to be a beautiful space to relax takes time. But, that time is more than well spent when you get to relax in your luxury garden building, taking in the scents and sights. However, at Breeze House, we believe taking care of your garden is not just a task of self-indulgence, it’s also a good deed for the wildlife around you.
It’s been in the news lately about the declining bee population. Now this may not really be of interest, especially if you aren’t too keen on the buzzy little fellas hanging around during your BBQs! However, this reduction in the UK bee population has far reaching effects…
Many flowers and plants rely on bees and other pollinators to transfer pollen from one flower to another, to set fruits and seeds in order for them to continue to thrive. Without them, we could see a huge devastation in our ability to produce an abundance of healthy crops in the coming years. Less crops means less food, not to mention the death of the ornamental garden! No more relaxing in a beautiful, vibrant, colourful landscape.
So, what can we do?
- Populate with pollen: Increasing the number of pollen and nectar rich plants in all seasons will help the bees. Recent RHS research showed that more pollen-rich flowers lead to more pollinators.
- Avoid pesticides: Of course, this is a tricky subject among many gardeners. Some of us swear by pesticides to keep our gardens looking beautiful, whereas others claim an organic landscape is a more natural gardening approach. Anywhere you can avoid pesticides will certainly help, and many pests actually provide larval food for pollinators.
- Nest sites: You don’t have to have a huge number of swarms flying around your garden, but providing nest sites for solitary bees like hollowed bamboo canes, holed fence posts and logs or even purpose built nests from the garden centre are all great.
- Become a bee keeper: What an exciting hobby! And think of all the glorious delights you’ll be able to sit back and devour with all that wonderful honey. You can find out more from the British Beekeepers Association.
Whether you’re a fan of the humble bumble bee or not, it’s safe to say that they are extremely important to our natural landscape, food production and the welfare of habitats across the UK. So if we can all do our bit it will mean we have a beautiful place to sit back and enjoy our Breeze Houses for many years to come.