Be part of Plan Bee

The Tribune (NZ) - - 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 nz­gar­ ❚ 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.

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