International Bee Day is celebrated on May 20th each year to raise awareness about the importance of bees to our ecosystems. In New Zealand, there are over 28 species of native bees and more than 1,500 species of other pollinators.
However, many of these species are at risk due to habitat loss, pesticide use and disease.
By choosing to buy and support organic produce, you can help create demand for sustainable and bee-friendly farming practices. This, in turn, can encourage more farmers to adopt these practices, leading to healthier ecosystems and more resilient bee populations.
Organic farms in New Zealand also tend to have more natural habitats, such as hedgerows and wildflower meadows, that provide nesting sites and forage for bees and other insects.
Another great way to promote biodiversity at home is by growing a variety of plants that attract and support bees. Here are some plants that you can grow in your garden to promote biodiversity:
Kowhai: This native tree produces bright yellow flowers that attract birds, bees, and other pollinators.
Manuka: The flowers on manuka trees produce high-quality nectar that is a valuable food source for bees.
Harakeke (Flax): This native plant produces a tall spike of flowers, not only attractive to bees, but to native birds like the Tui.
Herbs: Many herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, and mint.
Fruit trees: Fruit trees, such as apple pear, and feijoa.
Vegetables: Many vegetables, such as beans, peas, and courgettes, rely on pollinators for successful fruit production.
Support the bees by shopping organic!
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