GROW PLANTS & FLOW­ERS TO BRING IN BEES

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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

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