Researching and writing the e-book Honey Bee Plants (UK) was a natural progression for me when I started beekeeping, being also a professional gardener and ex-homeopath. The more I understood about the current threat to honey bee health, the more I became convinced that the availability and quality of the plants from which they forage must play a key role.
We know the advantages of a human diet rich in organic produce straight from the land and equally the health problems that can result from too much processed food. Surely the analogy translates to the world of bees?
This thought led to a fascinating journey into the food world of the honey bee. In the last century the way the British countryside is managed has changed and the extent of the impact on wildlife, including honey bees, is only just starting to be revealed. Gardeners may not have acres within their individual control but, combined, our back gardens provide a significant refuge for many species.
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.
List of contents
Why flowers need bees
Why bees need flowers
Designing a garden for honey bees
TABLE 1: Best Trees for Nectar and/or Pollen by month.
TABLE 2: Best shrubs for Nectar and/or Pollen by month.
TABLE 3: Best Flowers for Nectar and/or Pollen by month.
TABLE 4: Wild flowers &’weeds’. Not traditionally garden plants.
Health and the honey bee diet
APPENDIX A Location of nectaries by plant family
APPENDIX B Honey Bee Plant (UK) Database
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