Some of the challenges bees face in modern society are harmful chemicals which are used to kills other insects but also kill bees. Bees have a major role in our backyard vegetable gardens, they of course help pollinate our crops and without them we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the variety of fruit and vegetables we most probably all take for granted.
Planting flowering trees and annuals around your vegie patch is a great idea to encourage bees.
Trees to attract bees: Banksia, callistemon, eucalyptus, gordonia axillaris (commonly know as the fried egg plant as the flowers resemble a fried eggs), grevilleas, leptospermum & melaleuca.
Flowers to attract bees: Alyssum, cornflower, cosmos, echinacea, echium, forget-me-not, foxglove, geranium, marigold, roses, sunflowers, zinnia
Banana cupcakes using Charlotte Bay honey
So next time you reach for the jar of honey, just think of the bees that put so much work into creating each drop of the liquid gold!