Attract Biodiversity To Your Garden? In previous posts we have already commented on the importance of biodiversity in our garden and orchard. Today, we wanted to focus on an important part of the biodiversity that we are interested in attracting to our crops: pollinators. Pollinators, such as bees or bumblebees, have a fundamental role in the fertilization and production of the fruit in many vegetables due to the pollination process they carry out.
Attract Biodiversity To Your Garden
It is much simpler to list the crops that do not require pollinators (such as rice or wheat) than the crops that do, because they reach 80% of all the vegetable foods that we eat.
We have all heard about the mysterious global disappearance of the honey bee. This and other species of pollinators are in decline for various reasons.
Why are bees in danger?
Sensitivity to pesticides
Disappearance of habitats: This includes the disappearance of green areas and the extension of monoculture fields, which supposes a decrease in the flowering scale (there are many flowers of a single type during a short period of time, the rest of the year the pollinators have problems finding flowers).
Invasive species: Species such as varroa , or the Asian wasp are decimating populations of honey bees. This is the system of Attract Biodiversity To Your Garden.
Consequences of the disappearance of pollinators
Bees have a very important role in the ecosystem, since almost 80% of the flowering plants depend on them to carry out the pollination. Regarding humans 1/3 of the food we eat – fruits, vegetables and herbs – needs pollinators to reproduce.
You can make a difference with very little space by creating a cozy garden for bees and other pollinators.
What can you do in your garden to help the bees?
Build a hotel for insects
Although the image that comes to mind when we think of bees is that of the honeybee; that which forms hives, most of the bee species are solitary, do not form swarms. And each of them is beneficial for pollination; a single bee is able to pollinate 17 flowers in a minute!
There are numerous plans to make your own hotel for insects, but you can also find some very well designed. Strong colors attract bees, but if you are going to place more than one, make sure they are of different colors. Lonely bees prefer narrow holes no more than a centimeter in diameter, bamboo poles or a thick piece of drilled wood will make the paper perfectly:
Place the hotel in a place protected from the rain, facing south or east, at eye level (do not worry, solitary bees rarely sting).
Placing a plate with damp clay or maintaining a muddy ground area will provide them with material to build their nest.
If you do not occupy it immediately do not worry, it is normal to take a while to find your new home. This is the system of Attract Biodiversity To Your Garden.
Attract bees to your garden with flowers
Choose a variety of plants that flourish at different times of the year, so they always have a snack on hand.
Native plants will make paper better; some of the plants that we can buy in nurseries are hybrids that produce very little pollen.
Bees have very good color vision (better than ours): they are more attracted to blue, violet, white and yellow flowers.
You can use the calendar of planting of edible flowers made by Plantea, since it helps you to choose the flowers according to your pollinators to consider their flowering period.
- Mix of flowers for pollinators
- Wildflower seeds bombs
- Lavender seeds
- Borage seeds
Support materials for the selection of flowers for bees
In Plantea we have designed a calendar of planting flowers so you can have flowers all year round, we will tell you which ones are best for bees. You can download it here.
Avoid the use of pesticides
Bees, as we have said, are highly sensitive to certain pesticides commonly used in agriculture, such as neocotinoids. Therefore, urban areas begin to be a key space for their conservation. If you need to apply a treatment for a pest in your garden and garden use an ecological treatment and as specific as possible for the problem you want to treat. This will prevent it from affecting the bees that wander through your crops. To make it easy for you to find your ideal treatment, in Poses we have them classified by problems they treat and, in addition, all (absolutely all) are totally safe, ecological and do not affect the auxiliary fauna. Finally this all are the system of Attract Biodiversity To Your Garden.