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  • Helping Bees with Bee Friendly Practices & Plants

    Why are bees so important to us Bees are the world's most important pollinator of food crops, an estimated whopping 1/3 of food is dependent on pollination. Pollination is basically plant reproduction: by transferring pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part of the flower the plants seed or fruit can be formed. The transfer of pollen can be done by the wind, birds, bats, mammals and of course insect such as bees - bees are so important because they pollinate on such a massive scale - hence the phrase 'busy bees'. Threats to bees There are quite a
  • Organic Bulbs

    We don't eat daffodils or tulips so why does it matter if they are organic or not?  Conventionally produced flower bulbs are one of the most polluted crops in horticulture and are heavily sprayed with Neonicotinoids; so cultivating flower bulbs in an environmentally friendly manner can have a big impact. Organic Bulbs vs. Conventional Bulbs: Organic bulbs are not treated with systemic insecticides (Neonicotinoids) which are proven to harm bees and other pollinators. Organic bulbs are grown by farmers who create healthy ecosystems; this helps fish, birds,
  • Edible Flowers

    Not just a treat for the eye - quite a lot of flowers are edible and can be used in salads and as cake and beverage decorations.  They can also be crystalised and used later on as edible treats.  The following list is not exhaustive but will give you food for thought! Top row - left to right: Apple blossom, Borage, Dianthus, Chives, Cornflower. Bottom row - left to right: Courgette, Dill, Forget-me-not, Lavender, Marigold Apple/ Crab Apple Apple blossoms have a slightly floral taste. Good in a fruit punch. Borage Flowers can be used in salads or in cocktails. 
  • What are Green Manures?

    Green Manures, also referred to as fertility building crops, may be broadly defined as crops grown for the benefit of the soil. A wide range of plant species can be used as green manures. Different ones bring different benefits. If the most is to be made from green manure crops it is important that they are carefully integrated into the crop rotation and proper attention paid to their cultivation. Advantages -  Increased biological activity  Improved soil structure and drainage  Reduced erosion and leaching  Increased supply of nutrients available to plants

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