Gardening is back in vogue in this corona period. If you are busy with the garden, use those green fingers to create a bee-friendly garden.
The bee is doing better: during the national bee census, at the end of July, more than 10,000 people recorded some 136,000 bees. The year before, both figures were half as low.
We can also do our bit to keep it that way, or even better, to increase its population. Or better still: remove a stone. The super atomizers, necessary for pollinating our fruit and vegetables, benefit from a garden that is tiled as little as possible and that is planted as generously as possible.
Preferably with flowers and plants flowering in turns, all year round. Think of crocuses, snowdrops, golden rains and rhododendrons in spring, Juffertje in green, Liguster and Sun Eyes in summer, autumn asparagus, ivy, winter heather and honeysuckle in autumn and Christmas roses, hazels and snowdrops in winter.
Bees also love herbs such as oregano, chives, mint, thyme, rosemary and chamomile, but also the flowers of lettuce, carrot, fennel, leek, cabbage and beetroot.
Why this extensive menu? Bees need nectar and pollen for, among other things, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins to feed their larvae. Nectar provides their energy.
Once the plants and flowers have been sown (with organic seeds), it is important to keep everything as environmentally friendly as possible. This means above all the absence of pesticides. Neonicotinoids in particular are lethal and are even held responsible for the high bee mortality rate.
Is the pesticide imidacloprid, thiacloprid or acetamiprid labelled? These substances are also dangerous. Do not use it, or at most use one of the many biological alternatives.
By the way, if you dont have a garden, all plants and flowers can just as well be placed in a planter on the balcony.
In this way you can contribute to the well-being of the bee with a few small actions. This is important, because according to the Dutch Beekeepers Association, they pollinate about three-quarters of agricultural and horticultural crops and about 15% of wild plants. Annually, the economic value of bees in the Netherlands amounts to about 1 billion euros.
Just the tiles from the garden and some colourful flowers and plants in it; otherwise its bye.