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A bee-friendly backyard

As their source of food Honeybees collect pollen and nectar from flowers and blossoms. Not all plants are equally liked by bees - bees prefer blue, purple and yellow blossoms. 

When you want to attract bees to your backyard and also improve their quality of life you can do that by planting a variety of plants bees just love to visit. Honeybees usually forage within a radius of three kilometres, so if you don't have any bees yourself, someone within a radius of 3 km might have a hive or two, and then there are the feral bee colonies - all searching for flowers. 


Perhaps not so well known is the fact that bees (as well as other insects) require a source of fresh water, especially on warm days! Providing a constant water supply will make your backyard more attractive to bees as well. Please take measures to stop the bees from drowning by adding some floating material or some pebbles reaching above the surface. 


If you already have some bee-attracting plants and they are not visited by bees whilst flowering, then this should be of concern - in a healthy and intact environment there are always bees.

To help you establish a backyard with bee-attracting plants we have listed a few below; planting a variety of bee-attracting plants will draw the largest crowd. We are aware that in most cases space is limited and we cannot plant dozens of trees and bushes - that's why we have listed the small plants first.

Bee-attracting plants that do not require much space
 

Herbs
A number of herbs and vegetables attract bees with their flowers appart from being useful in your kitchen. Every bee-attracting backyard should have a herbs and vegie patch.


Oregano, Marjoram


Oregano Origanum vulgare – is a common species that appears in numerous variations, belonging to the mint family. It is native to warm-temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano is a perennial herb, growing from 20–80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1–4 cm long. It is sometimes called wild marjoram, and its close relative is known as sweet marjoram.


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