Be part of Plan Bee
Get involved with Plan Bee by getting hold of a copy of this months NZ Gardener and a packet of bee-friendly wildflower seeds to celebrate Bee Awareness month this September. This is a blend of specially selected flowering plants that provide the nectar and pollen bees and other beneficial pollinators need. ❚ Sow your bee-friendly wildflower seed right now. Clear the weeds where you plan to grow your wildflowers and scatter the seed, raking it in lightly. Keep moist during germination period. ❚ Grow your Plan Bee seed anywhere in your garden, in a border, an empty bed, or even in pots. But to create maximum buzz, plant in swathes or drifts that are at least 1 metre across. Foraging bees are more likely to be attracted to amass of flowers growing together rather than a single bloom here and there. ❚ Once you have sown your Plan Bee seeds, be sure to register your address on the NZ Gardener Plan Bee map. A little bee icon will pop up where you are, so you’ll see New Zealand getting more bee-friendly… one garden at a time! Scan the QR code on the seed packet to go straight to the registration form, or visit nzgardener.co.nz. ❚ Let us know how your garden grows! Send us updates and photos as your wildflowers grow and do let us know if you notice more bees around as a result.