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Our Solitary bee home special offer comes with a pack of wildflower seeds. Planting the seeds in your garden will grow flowers which will attract more bees. Encourage them to nest in our bee home. Buy our Solitary bee home with a pack of wildflower seeds and SAVE £1.
Rather than living in colonies, the vast majority of our bees are solitary, with each female building her own nest. These non-aggressive, highly efficient pollinators are important to our ecosystem and economy, including the pollination of many of our fruit and vegetable crops. Having a variety of pollinator-friendly plants in your garden over the summer is a great way to help, while providing a safe, cosy nesting site will also make a big difference.
Specially designed for two common bee home dwellers; the leafcutter and red mason bees. This high-quality bee home comes with removable nesting trays, metal fastenings for secure sitting, and an overhanging roof to protect bees from the rain. The apex roof is painted (using non-toxic paint) a light sage green and matches the style of some of our most popular bird nest boxes.
We would recommend cleaning the home every 1 to 2 years. You can either clean your home once nests have vacated in Spring or at the end of the breeding season (late September to October). The trays can be cleaned with a brush and mild, non-toxic disinfectant such as Ark-Klens.
If you are cleaning in late September-October, please carefully remove any bee cocoons present and place these in a ‘release box’ where they will stay until the following Spring.
A small container, ideally made of natural materials such as cardboard or wood, can be used as a ‘release box’ (e.g. a capped toilet roll). Avoid metal containers. Plastic boxes can be used, but the lid should be left loose and the bottom lined with tissue to prevent condensation. The box will need a small hole (minimum 10mm diameter) to allow bees to emerge in Spring.
The release box should be kept somewhere cool and dry (for example a garden shed or garage) during the winter months and then placed outside in Spring for the bees to emerge when ready.
We all know how important bees are to our eco-system. Even giving over a small area of your garden to wildflower seeds can make a massive difference to the prospects for our buzzy friends.
Adrian Thomas, our own resident garden expert, helped compose this mix of annual flowers. “These are flowers I grow every year because they are some of the very best for attracting bees, plus they are easy to grow,” he says.
“The flowers are not only great for bees but will add loads of colour to your garden. Bees prefer blue flowers, so the Phacelia, Borage, Echium and Cornflower are a vibrant mix of blues, spiced up with rich-red Common Poppies.”
Sow the seeds evenly over a sunny area of your garden that you have dug over, raked and weeded. This pack will cover an area of about 5 square metres so if your patch is smaller, decrease the sowing rate accordingly.
After sowing, lightly tread or roll the seed area to ensure the seed is in good contact with the soil, and keep it watered until the plants are established. Allow the flowers to bloom and release their seeds back into the soil. Cut them down to the ground as the plants die off, and remove the cuttings onto the compost heap or into your green bin.
Typical content: 30% Cornflower, 30% Phacelia tanacetifolia, 20% Borage, 10% Echium 'Blue Bedder', 10% Poppy * *Contents may vary.
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