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#putpollinatorsfirst – honey bees

The worms have spent some time looking at different pollinating insects, this week we are sharing them and the plants they like.

It is estimated that one third of our food relies on pollination mainly by bees. Here are a few of the plants honey bees like – #willow #heather #wallflower #cherry #centaurea #sunflower – just some of the plants a honey bee #pollinates

#drawing a poster of which pollinating insects like which plant – here are a few of the plants honey bees like  #willow #heather #wallflower #cherry #centaurea #sunflower - just some of the plants a honey bee #pollinates

There are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. 

The effectiveness of honeybees is due to their great number, their social life and their ability to pollinate a broad variety of different flowers. …

They love sunflowers – you can understand why, A mature, blooming sunflower can have 4,000 small individual flowers on each head

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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, for advice from the experts on plants pollinating insects thrive on, try The RHS – they know what they’re talking about!

Find Plants for Pollinators

Wild bees and other pollinators are in decline. One way gardeners can help is by planting garden flowers that provide forage for a wide variety of pollinating insects

Using scientific evidence, our extensive experience and the records of gardeners and beekeepers, we’ve selected a range of year-round flowering Plants for Pollinators to tackle the decline in pollinator numbers.

The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

Click to see our ‘Put Pollinators First’ page

Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:

Join in the Gardener’s World team and pledge here

With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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