The Importance of bees

The Importance of bees

Instead of being a nuisance it is imperative we remember the importance of bees. In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on (or benefit from) visits from bees. In addition, Pollinating Insects pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of the feed of farm animals. Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment.

In summer, during Pollen Season, all species of bees are building up their strength with nectar and pollen. Bumblebee males and queens are starting to appear, and Bee Colonies may produce a swarm of workers, drones and a new queen to found a new colony.

What can you do?

You can make your garden more friendly by providing suitable food and shelter at the right times for many different native species.

Allow areas of grass to grow wildflowers, such as daisies and dandelions, as an easy source of nectar throughout the summer. If you want to make sure bees have a constant supply plant some evening primrose, lavender, poppies, thyme and verbena.

Leave areas of uncultivated soil and small piles of woody prunings in borders and at hedge bases, where solitary bees and bumblebees can make colonies. Place a few stones at the edge of ponds or in bird baths. Bees that are foraging for water to cool their nests will be able to enter and exit safely.

What to do in the garden in May

As we go into May we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled a few things of What To Do In The Garden this month.

To begin our Gardening Tips, we are going going to discuss Penstemons. They are a traditional favourite for cottage garden borders however, if you own Penstemons you should be starting to prune them now. To begin with, cut back the old shoots to the base of the plant but only if there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there is no new growth then cut just above the lowest shoots.

For your plants in containers you will need to feed them a balanced liquid feed to help them grow healthy. This should be done every two to four weeks for them to grow efficiently.

Hardy annuals can be sown directly into their flowering positions at this time of year; they also need to be thinned out. Half hardy plants need to be hardened off by leaving them outside during the day however; they need to be covered up at night. This process should be repeated for up to 10 days before they can planted outdoors.

A few ideas for your family garden

When designing the family garden, don’t be afraid to try something new. Throughout this blog we are going to look into ideas which you add to your family garden.

Design interesting spaces and unique areas to sit, hidden areas where the children can discover and hide in. Plants which have significant shape to their leaves would be great addition!

Sedum spectabile (Herbstfreude) is a classic and a favourite flower which blooms from the middle of to the end of summer. The plant has a tendency to collapse towards the middle which can be dealt with by pruning through the Chelsea chop method.

Hardy annual plants such as Eschscholzia look weirdly beautiful and give more colour to your garden. Eschscholzia is a flower which not only makes appearances in the summer but it also grows in the spring & autumn.

Possibly one of the easiest plants to have in the family garden is a Lathraea flower. The Lathraea flower doesn’t need any maintenance at all! It is a wonderful fashionable plant, with a purple / pink colour it would liven up your garden brilliantly in the summer!

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What to do in the garden in April

As we go into April we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled our top things to do in the garden this month.

If you like lilies we recommend planting them in pots now! This gives you the freedom to go ahead with your summer displays. It always better to plant flowers in pots as you can then move them around the garden whenever you want!

Nourish trees, bushes and hedges with adjusted, slow release fertiliser by delicately forking it into the dirt.

Roses are voracious plants and will enormously profit from feeding as they come into growth. As roses come into growth they need to be fed with a either a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser.

Flower seeds need to be sowed so they are ready in June for planting.

For your tree(s) you will need to check the tree ties to check that the trunk isn’t being cut into. If any are tight then loosen them t expand and give the trunk more room.

We hope you enjoyed our list of some of things you can do in the garden in April to prepare for summer!

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