Plant HERBS for you...and the bees!
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)