Want to give the pollinators in your garden a helping hand? Bee bombs contain 18 species of native wildflower seeds, mixed with nurturing soil and protective clay. Just throw your seed bombs onto cleared ground, making sure they have sun and rain. The soil will help them germinate and the clay will protect and spread out the seeds. The best times to scatter seed bombs in the garden are spring and autumn.
Pollinators visit flowers for food – nectar and pollen. By growing a mixture of flowers, with differing flowering times, you can provide food for pollinating insects for a longer time period of time, helping them complete their life cycles. It is not just bees that pollinate flowers. Butterflies, beetles and many other insects also play an important role as pollinators, carrying pollen from one flower to another. 75% of our food crops need pollinating insects. But unfortunately pollinators in the UK 9and worldwide) are in decline.
Flowers include Cowslip, Red Campion, Ribwort Plantain, Yellow Rattle, Rough Hawkbit, Salad Burnet, Common Sorrel, Yarrow and Wild Carrot.
You don’t need any special equipment. Just clear a patch of ground, or fill a plant pot with soil, then throw on the bee bombs and water them well. Keep watering so the seeds stay damp and wait for the plants to grow. Some of these plants are annuals, so will flower and set seed in a year, others are biennial and perennials which might not flower till the second year. The annuals should set seed and grow again next year. A small sack of bee bombs is enough for 2 square metres (6 square feet) of bare ground.