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Bees in the garden

Posted by British Bird Food 27/07/2013 0 Comment(s)
Bees are still active in the garden at the moment. Take a look at your flowers and vegetables, you will see many different species of bee and fly. In our veg patch we have runner beans, courgette, marrow, dwarf beans, potatoes and squash, all in flower right now. The bees are very active around the runner beans with the red and white flowers and the dahlias around the edge of the plot. We have a ground nest of bees just about ten feet away form the edge of the veg plot and right next to the runner beans. So as you can imagine, the bees pop up out of the ground and fly straight to the beans. I think we will have a good crop this year! it is interesting to watch the bees come and go in their ground nest, there seems to be many bees occupying the hole and various sizes, from a tiny one to quite large bees, they approach the hole in the grass like a jumbo jet coming in to land, gradually reducing height then at the last second they seem to drop to the ground and walk the last inch or so into the hole. We sit and watch the activity for hours, but the real beneficiary is the vegetable plot. We don't know what to do at the end of the season, should we dig up the nest to see what is inside and how far the hole goes into the ground? or will their still be a queen or drones in hibernation? we will research this and let you know what happens later in the year. We have a beepole lodge ready and waiting the install in our poly tunnel next year, with a live colony of bees, then we are guaranteed to get good pollination. [caption id="attachment_2781" align="alignleft" width="150"]Beepole lodge with live bees Pollination is guaranteed with your own colony of live bees and a beepole lodge[/caption]

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