Last summer I spent a lot of my time planting for the bumblebees. My Daughter asked one day, Mummy Why is the bumblebee so important? The subject was a huge learning curve for both of us and I hope we can go on to teach our children the importance of pollination.
Gardening is a huge part of my life and this blog.
So Why is the bumblebee so important? Well, there are lots of different types of bees but the bumblebee is known as the champs of the bee world. Bumblebees pollinate fruits and veg such as berries, peppers and tomatoes. Imagine a world without pollinated produce, the effects would be devastating which is why all need to educate ourselves and our future generation on the importance of these animals.
Pollination is a very important part of the life cycle of plants. Insects, birds, bats and the wind take pollen between flowering plants, which means the plants can make seeds and reproduce. bumblebees are attracted to flowers with narrow corolla tubes, such as blueberries and cranberries. Bumblebees are much more efficient pollinators than honeybees. Bumblebees help to produce food.
Flowers Bumblebees love
There is still time to plant for an early summer season and help our bumblebees with pollination and saving the world. Some of my favourite and easy bee-friendly flowers are the cornflower, allium, poppy and sweet pea. All of these flowers are so easy to grow with kids too and a great learning experience watching them flourish from seed to plant.
How can you help?
Maybe you only have a small space or patio area. Maybe you have never grown a plant before and you are not sure where to start. Container gardening is a brilliant way to start growing flowers outside. Plants are contained and still accessible for the bumblebees. You can even grab a sew and grow sprinkle box of seeds from your local garden centre and add them to soil anywhere. I have been gardening in containers for some time now and it is a really versatile way of changing your gardening space.