There’s no denying it. We all know we need to give bees, butterflies and insects all the help they can get.
In my small garden I’ve given myself a rule to help me focus my energies within my limited time and space. I’ve decided that if I can’t eat it, or it isn’t bee or butterfly friendly, then I’m not choosing, planting, watering, feeding, weeding, netting or fleecing it.
It’s a really simple way to garden, but is hugely rewarding and uplifting when you harvest the results. A garden that is both useful and beautiful and, crucially, buzzing with life.
Here’s three small British bee-loving businesses, who sell specifically bee-friendly packs of seeds. A small gift that will grow, with a little love, into a much bigger one.
The man behind Higgledy Garden has an amazing story. Visit his website, and join his blog, to find out more and get inspired… click here to buy the Bee Friendly Christmas-wrapped pack, which has a dozen – yes, a dozen! – packs of beautiful flower seeds for just £18.72 (and yes, £18.72!)I’m completely addicted to the Twitter feed of London-based beekeepers Bickerton & Woods, which has lots of fascinating facts and photos about all things ‘bee’. As well as their own seed mix, it hasn’t escaped my notice that they also do courses in beekeeping.
A bit of an oddball is Seedball. Only odd in that the idea is to sow seeds in balls of prepared compost and chilli. Their website says:
While we’ve developed our own take on the seed ball recipe, various forms of seed balls have been used throughout history – from ancient Chinese civilisations to Native American tribes! More recently, seed balls were promoted by the Japanese natural farming innovator Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka demonstrated that with the labour of just two people working a few weeks a year, seed balls could produce high crop yields without the need for plowing, weeding, or the application of pesticides and fertiliser.
Although the use of seed balls in the UK is only just emerging, they’re commonly used in ecological restoration projects across many other parts of the world, such as the Rainmaker Project in Kenya. They’ve also been used creatively for re-greening urban areas and for urban gardening (sometimes in unusual places!).
And at just £5.49 a tin, another perfect stocking filler!
Photo courtesy of Higgledy Garden