That’s what friends are for…

Last year I introduced companion plants to the plot and now I can’t imagine gardening any other way.

The scattering of flowers amongst my crops looked so beautiful while attracting many pollinating insects and predators of pests. Mother nature at her blooming best! The entire plot was quite literally alive with activity. You can find my plant list here.

Let nature do the hard work for you

Most of the blooms I chose were annuals and the great thing about annuals is that they grow and die in the same year so no pruning or protecting over the harsh winter was required. Most annuals also self seed freely so come back year on year. It is for this reason that I don’t need to re-sow any calendula, borage, sunflowers or nasturtium’s this year. They’ve done all the hard work themselves!

This year I’m adding to the collection and introducing poached egg plants. They literally add sunshine to the beds while bees and aphid munching hover flies LOVE them so I’ve edged beds and boarders. They were dead easy to grow from seed. I raised little plug plants to give them a fighting chance against the slugs but you could also direct sow if you wanted to.

IMG_20170406_101713_687

Helping our honeybees

Some of the most enjoyable moments from last year were watching the honeybees flock to the cut flower bed. We’d pull up our chairs to catch the last of the evenings rays and watch in awe as the incredible little workers industrially covered their tiny bodies in pollen until their legs turned fat and yellow. Can you believe bees will collect their own body weight in pollen before heading home!

This year to help these gorgeous creatures further I’ve introduced more blooms specifically loved by bees and butterflies. Scabios, Echinaecea, Verbena bonariensis, Oxeye daisy and Californian poppy.

The RHS has a fantastic guide which is well worth a read if you would also like to have a go. I’d love to know how you get on!

The important thing is to avoid plants with double or multi-pettled flowers as these flowers can lack nectar and pollen. They may also find it difficult to access these types of flowers. If in doubt choose seeds/plants that display this symbol, stand back and enjoy!

2017-06-13-10-01-45-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

One thought on “That’s what friends are for…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s