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Why should you plant me?

Here at the Gecko Terrarium we LOVE BEES. Bees are ace. Bees are incredibly clever little creatures too! Did you realise how much we depend on that humble little buzzer?

Bees pollinate 75% of our crops worldwide, so without bees out supermarkets would look quite bare! Bees make us all think of honey, but they are also responsible for pollinating much of the food we eat. To give you an idea of some of the plants that bees pollinate:

  • Adzuki Beans
  • Alfalfa
  • Allspice
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Black and Red Currants
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Blackberries
  • Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage)
  • Boysenberries
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Cactus
  • Cantaloupe
  • Caraway
  • Carrots
  • Cashews
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Chestnut
  • Chili peppers, red peppers,
  • bell peppers, green peppers
  • Clover
  • Cocoa
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Congo Beans
  • Coriander
  • Cotton
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumber
  • Durian
  • Eggplant
  • Elderberries
  • Fennel
  • Figs
  • Flax
  • Goa beans
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Guava
  • Hazelnut
  • Kidney Beans
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Lemons
  • Lima Beans
  • Limes
  • Loquat
  • Lychee
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Mangos
  • Mustard Seed
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Orchid Plants
  • Palm Oil
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Pomegranites
  • Prickly Pear
  • Quince
  • Rambutan
  • Rapeseed
  • Raspberries
  • Rose Hips
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Star Apples
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Sword beans
  • Tamarind
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Vanilla
  • Walnut
  • Watermelon

Phew!

It would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate our crops. In a world without bees, our food would cost a lot more to produce.

Things aren’t looking great for the bee right now. There are lots of things you can do to help though!

You can find more information on the plight of the bees at Friends of The Earth website:

‘You can make a huge difference where you live by doing a few simple things. Planting flowers rich in nectar will really help bees find the food they need. Choosing local, British honey will lend your support to our honey bees and their beekeepers. Encouraging your friends and neighbours to do the same will help create bee-friendly communities. Bees are crucial in the countryside but they’re essential in the city too. A wild window box in the middle of the urban jungle has great value.’

How to plant me?

  1. Don’t plant me to deep, just cover me with a light thin layer of soil;
  2. Keep me damp, don’t let the soil dry out, not too wet either;
  3. If you are planting me straight outside then protect my seedlings from garden pests;

Top tip: Covering the top of the pot with cling film will help to stop the soil drying out so you dont have to water so often. Just be sure to remove the cling film when you see the seedlings emerge.

What else can you do to save the bee?

Check out our Pinterest board:

http://uk.pinterest.com/geckoclothing/save-the-humble-bee/

We have gathered a few great ideas for simple and easy ideas you can do at home to help the plight of the bee.