How to attract Bees
by Frann Leach
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Bees are an important part of the Organic garden. In their search for food, they pollinate flowers, which will increase yields in many fruiting crops, particularly runner beans, apples and squashes. Some organic gardeners provide hives to keep a population of bees close by, and also as a source of organic honey.

The most attractive plants, from the bee viewpoint, are listed below.
  • Bergamot Monarda didyma
  • Blackberry Rubus fruticosus
  • Borage Borago officinalis
  • Butterfly bush Buddleia davidii
  • Catmint/Catnip Nepeta cataria
  • Cherry Prunus avium, P. cerasus
  • Chive Allium schoenoprasum
  • Clover Trifolium sp.
  • Cotoneaster sp.
  • Eucalyptus sp.
  • Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
  • Forget me not Myosotis arvensis
  • Globe thistle Echinops ritro
  • Goldenrod Solidago virgaurea
  • Hawthorn/Quickthorn Crataegus sp.
  • Heather Erica sp.
  • Hemp agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum
  • Ivy Hedera helix
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
  • Lime Tillia x europea
  • Ling Calluna vulgaris
  • Marjoram Origanum majorana
  • Marsh marigold Caltha palustris
  • Michaelmas daisy Aster novi-belgi
  • Mint Mentha sp.
  • Poached egg plant Limnanthes douglasii
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Saffron Crocus sativus
  • Stonecrop Sedum reflexum
  • Thyme Thymus sp.

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