Tag Archives: beneficial insects

No pesticides needed in my garden to tackle “pests”

After the cold April month with a predominantly Northern wind, I welcomed the warmer weather in May. We also had some much needed rain. Our weather is quite inconsistent these days with highs and lows. The cold spell has resulted … Continue reading

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Solitary bees in the garden: Wool carder bees – Anthidium manicatum.

It’s July and the striking black and yellow coloured Wool carder bees are emerging. The males are between 10-16mm whereas the females are smaller: 10-13mm. Below a male resting on a leaf. In the field, the difference between the sexes … Continue reading

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The importance of nectar for bees, bumblebees and other pollinators

Nectar Flowers are the reproduction organs of plants and pollination can be referred to as the mating process of plants. To make sure pollination is taking place, plants have evolved brightly coloured flowers and scent to draw the attention of … Continue reading

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Bees and food – an excellent combination

Permaculture – Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way : Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing … Continue reading

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