GROW PLANTS & FLOWERS TO BRING IN BEES
SOW AND PLANT BEETROOT
Sweet baby beets are perfect in salads and the best news is that they can be sown year-round. Sow beetroot seeds direct, into well cultivated soil in a position that gets full sun. Space the corky clusters 15cm apart and water gently and often until germination occurs (usually 10-14 days). Beetroot also grows well in container – just make sure you place the pots where they will get some shade during the hottest part of the day or they could overheat, causing woody roots.
Beetroot tastes best when grown quickly so feed plants with liquid fertiliser during the next few weeks.
You can also transplant seedlings from punnets (pictured), rather than sowing direct. This will save about a month of
September is bee awareness month and since many of our edible crops are pollinated by bees, it’s a great idea to provide nourishment for them in your garden.
Bees, hoverflies and predatory wasps have small feeding parts, so plants with small flowers suit them. You don’t need to dedicate a huge area either. A few pots or a