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We need to talk about the bees.


The birds seem to be doing okay, but the bees, well, they’re threatened, have you heard?

According to biological specialists, our honeybee population needs to double over the next decade, in order to ensure we have enough bees to pollinate crops.

A little background: Since 1945, there has been a consistent decline in honey bee populations. Pesticides, changes in land use, alien invasive species, pests and climate change are some of the reasons for this change.

Watch this fascinating TED Talk by Marla Spivak that explains the decline in the bee population.

There’s an easy way you and your garden can help. Get a Bee Food Box – and help save the bees.

Local organisation The Bee Effect, in partnership with Reel Gardening, has made feeding our local honey bees easy.

They’ve just launched their Seed Program, featuring Bee Food Boxes to plant in your garden or in pot plants – and honeybees will love them.

They make really great gifts, we think.

There’s an easy way you and your garden can help.

Do your bit to help, by planting some bee food in a small pot on a balcony or in a sunny spot in your garden. You’ll be helping the bee population stay healthy, and more resilient to the negative effects of toxins and pests.

You’ll also be supporting Bee Effect & Reel Gardening’s long-term program of securing Safe Bee Havens – where they grow strong and healthy swarms.

Find out more here.

And if you’re a veggie gardener who wants to choose your own bee-loving plants, here’s a list of vegetable plants that attract bees:

Tomatoes, runner beans, broad beans, carrots, turnips, peas, kale, onions, courgettes, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines.

The bees will thank you.


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