Pollinating insects: There important to our planet and here is how you can help!
Pollination the act of one flowers pollen being transferred to another’s by the means of wind or flying insects such as bees, hoverflies or butterflies. This in turn fertilizes the flower allowing them to seed or fruit.
Flying insects that visit flowers to collect their pollen or nectar provide an essential service, as mentioned before this can be achieved by the wind but the majority of the job is done by the insects.
In Britain our wild pollinators are thought to be declining in numbers which you can probably guess from my last statement... it’s a bad thing! You can help counteract this by doing some very simple things/changes to your garden and also reap the benefits.
More pollinating species in our garden means more pollinated fruits and vegetables potentially giving a higher yield of crop.
The greatest and a basic addition to your garden is to simply have plenty of plants that are attractive to pollinating insect. Purple flowering plants are very good for this as they are easily seen by bees although avoid multi-petalled flowers, these can be difficult for the insects to access or may well contain no pollen at all. Tubular shaped flowers are also great for long-tongued species of bees like the humble bumble bee and for butterflies.
Try an incorporate some British wild flowers in your garden if possible, these are the best flowers for pollinating insects.
So there you have it, make your garden that little bit friendlier to our pollinating buddies and at the same time help your veg patch or fruit trees flourish and remember you can never have a too many flowers in your garden, especially from a bees point of view.
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