10 Flowers To Plant To Attract Native Bees To Your Garden

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You’ve probably heard that bee populations are sadly on the decline, and some species are in danger of becoming extinct because of pesticides, habitat destruction and less flowering plants due to urbanisation. This will have drastic effects on crop production and biodiversity, but there are steps you can take to help. Here are a few examples of flowers you can plant in your garden to attract and support native bees.

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THE MOST SPECTACULAR GARDENS AROUND THE WORLD

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There are an incredible amount of innovative and spectacular gardens around the world that are a testament to the creative and horticultural minds behind their conception. From tranquil Japanese gardens to colourful Dutch tulip gardens and everything in between, here are a few examples of the best.

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN – ENGLAND
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These incredible gardens in Cornwall were restored in the 1990s from an estate that was abandoned after the Second World War. They ...

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Make Your Very Own Fairy Garden!

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The winter holidays are here and what better way to spend time with your kids than by creating a winter wonderland for their fairy friends.fairy_garden

There are a number of different ideas to make your little garden that use various bases and feature different architecture.

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First of all, you will need a base. Commonly used are existing garden beds, large soil-filled pots or old wash tubs, the base of a pot-plant, a ...

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4 Of The Coolest Plants You Didn’t Know About

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Bet you didn’t know about these cool florae! Check out our favourite obscure plants for this month!

Nepenthes

More commonly known as the Tropical Pitcher Plant, the nepenthes species can be found mostly in the forests of the Philippines, Sumatra and Borneo.blog 2

Shaped like a water pitcher, this plant devours anything that can fit in its sticky, sappy opening. This can include anything from spiders, termites, worms and other insects, in the smaller ...

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DIY Chia Pets: A Lesson In Nature And Nurture

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Chia pets are all the rage with young kids and are a great addition to the family garden or to sit on the windowsill inside. Teach your kids the importance of nurturing when it comes to the environment with this no-fuss DIY hobby project.

What you will need:

Potting soil

2 tbs chia seeds

1 small terra cotta pot

1 small dish

1 knee-length nylon sock or stocking

A spray bottle

2 googly eyes

Rubber bands

Permanent marker or permanent paint 

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Soak your chia seeds in water overnight.

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Let Your Kids Grow With Their Plants: The Educational Benefits Of Gardening With Kids

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The best way to teach a child is by engaging all the senses. Gardening is a great way to do that as kids can feel the dirt, see the colours, shapes and sizes of the plants, hear the snap, rustle or crunch of leaves and stems and inhale the scent of the garden herbs flowers and vegetables.

Responsibility

One of the best things kids can learn in the garden is responsibility. Charging them with the task of looking after their seeds and ...

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Turn Your Garden Into A Tropical Paradise

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Just because winter is quickly creeping up on us and shattering our bones with its freezing chill doesn’t mean we can’t prepare our gardens for the warmth coming around the corner. In anticipation for the warmth that greets us at the end of the long winter, why not turn your garden into a tropical oasis? The joy you will receive from stepping out into the garden on that first warm day of the year, enjoying the sun and its flowing ...

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Keep Your Garden Growing For Winter

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I write this as I sit in my living room, extremely cold, and with multiple layers on. It’s darn chilly outside, and it’s only just turning to winter. Each year I forget how cold it can get, and as the month of June creeps chillingly closer, I have to remind myself to get out into the cold and do a few things to ensure my garden stays fertile throughout the colder months. I often have people asking, ‘how is your ...

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5 Tips For Growing A Hedge

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It can be difficult to plan and plant a new garden, especially if you have a particular layout or plan in mind. Hedges can be particularly hard to grow. Getting the right plant spacing, the right height, and making the hedge look good are all things you may have trouble with when you try and grow your first one. Use the following five tips to increase your chances of success as you nurture and coax your hedge from small beginnings ...

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Five Herbs For Every Home Garden:

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Although you may not realise it, anyone can grow a range of useful plants, even if they don’t really have the time or space to do so. Herbs can be grown almost anywhere, and take very little care and space. If you have a large backyard then that’s great, plant them there! However, if you live in a city apartment with no yard space to speak of, you can plant your herbs in window baskets or pots. The following five ...

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