Bees are a vital part of a healthy and thriving garden. They help pollinate some of our favourite vegetables like cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchinis, are essential for helping fruit set in home grown fruit and nut trees and vines like apples, almonds, kiwifruit and passionfruit as well as strawberries and blueberries.
It’s important for gardeners to grow a variety of plants that flower throughout the year, so bees are attracted into the garden and provided with a source of food.
Yates® Bee Pasture Pollen & Nectar Mix is a blend of colourful pollen and nectar rich flowers to attract bees and other pollinating insects into the garden and provide them with pollen and nectar over a long period.
The mix contains bee attracting and beautiful flowers like phacelia, borage, poppies, zinnia and calendula and will start flowering from around 10 weeks after sowing. Results will vary depending on the climate and time of year.
Yates® Bee Pasture Pollen & Nectar Mix is quick and easy to sow and grow. Find a sunny spot in a garden bed, enrich the soil with some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, scatter the seed thinly over the soil surface and then rake in lightly, so the seed is around 3 mm deep. Firm down, water gently and keep moist while the seeds germinate and seedlings establish.
To keep the plants looking tidy and prolong the flowering season, remove spent flower heads regularly. Otherwise leave them to mature and self-seed. Feed the flower patch every 1 – 2 weeks with Yates Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Fertiliser, which is a complete plant food that’s boosted with additional flower-promoting potassium.