Plant HERBS for you...and the bees!

July 20, 2019

 

DID YOU KNOW:

Honeybees are the most important pollinators of food crops in the world!

 

An estimated one third of the food we eat on a daily basis are dependent on pollinators – mainly by bees.

 

But as important as these small, winged friends are, their numbers unfortunately keep on dwindling - mostly due to a lack of flowering plants in our gardens.

 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

You can encourage bees to your garden (even if it is just a garden in pots), in a few ways, one of which includes planting bee-attracting herbs.

 

This list includes:

Sweet basil, bergamot, catmint, French thyme, lemon balm, borage, mint, cotton lavender and lavender.  

 

 

HERE'S AN IDEA:

Prepare a small herb garden, preferably as close to the kitchen as possible.

 

Alternatively, plant them between the rows in the vegetable garden to help keep your crops healthy and pest-free (companion gardening).

 

 

Start with herbs you are familiar with and use regularly in the kitchen, you can always expand your collection later.

 

 

*Visit Cape Garden to see which herbs are available seasonally.

 

(Photos: Cape Garden)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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