Bees play an essential role as pollinators in the garden and are a lovely sight to watch when they are happily foraging around on your favourite flowering plants and vegetables An easy way to encourage bees and other beneficial insects and pollinators into your garden is to plant lots of flowers.

Mixing flowering plants in amongst your vegies, like cucumber, zucchini and pumpkin, is a wonderful idea as it not only adds colour to the vegie patch, it also helps ensure that there are enough bees around to pollinate the vegies.

Of course the bees aren’t interested in helping the flowers; they’re simply chasing the pollen and nectar that the flowers produce. Pollination is incidental. Honey bees, while important, are not the only pollinators.

Many other insects play a part in pollination, as do environmental factors such as wind. Native bees, of which there are more than 1500 species in Australia, are also critically important. Tomatoes, for example, are pollinated by what’s termed ‘buzz pollination’.

Buzz pollination is almost impossible for honey bees but can be carried out by certain native bees. With so many different flower varieties out there, which ones are the best to attract the bees to your garden? Similar to us, bees have their favourite colours and preferences, and are very fond of yellow, blue and purple coloured flowers.

Here are some of our favourite easy to grow bee attracting plants that can be grown both in the garden and in pots on balconies or decks.

Flowering plants:
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Herbs:
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Some of the herbs are also very bee-friendly. They have a
natural affinity with vegetables and many are said to help deter insect pests in the garden. Try these delicious and bee attracting herbs:

Providing a source of water will also help attract and keep bees and beneficial insects in your garden. A shallow dish or saucer of water that contains small pebbles or marbles for the insects to rest on is ideal.


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What to sow in Spring

Yates has a wide variety of seeds available in our range that are perfect to plant this spring. If you’re looking for a fun activity with the family, get them out into the garden to get dirty.

Click the images below to learn more about what to plant now.

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