I don’t need convincing that growing heathers makes sense as someone passionate about honey bee plants. There are winter heathers, or strictly heaths, to last through the colder months and offer a source of nectar and pollen at this time of scarcity. But I think I could do with some help to design them into… Read more »
Honey Bee Plants
Many people are moved by news of honey bees’ decline and they instinctively want to help. This e-book shows gardeners and beekeepers how they can help honey bees by providing them with an optimum diet available for as much of the year as possible to boost their chances of survival in an ever hostile environment.
The e-book offers the most comprehensive list of UK honey bee plants currently available.
How can I help?
You don’t have to be a beekeeper to help honeybees! Potentially your garden can provide everything they need to live – nectar, pollen, propolis and water. Find out what they like and why, in this fascinating book all about the synergy between honeybee and plant.
Why help bees?
Bees have been struggling. In the last 30 years the number of hives in the UK fell by more than half and wild honeybees are thought to have been close to extinction. Numbers of many wild bumblebee and solitary bee species have declined alarmingly too. By creating a forage-rich, chemical-free environment for bees we can all play a part in helping return these noble and fascinating insects to health.
It began on a sad note with my four year old bees fading away in early spring. I bought this and another colony from a retiring commercial beekeeper for £180 each. One went to the garden at work then died in the second year when the field next door grew rape. Coincidence? The other lasted… Read more »
Can you tell if a colony’s queenless by observing the behaviour of the bees at the entrance? Here’s a video that suggests you can. If the bees come out with their wings open then fly off, it means the colony is queenless but if their wings are closed the queen is there. The video evidence… Read more »
Willow basket making is known for its therapeutic value but I’m not sure the same can be said of straw! I wasn’t the only one to be flat-out exhausted at the end of our day. It didn’t help that my skep grew and grew like Jack’s bean stalk and as I looked around I could… Read more »
I’ve mentioned before that I am no woodworker and because hands off beekeeping is so much about creating a good home will the bees it has been a little disempowering. In the garden at work is a fair amount of willow and running the place on a shoestring means looking to maximize every resource available…. Read more »