Herbs for Bees

Hi, I’m Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd and this video is party of the Honeylove Plants for Pollinators series. This week.


Hi, I’m Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd and
this video is party of the Honeylove Plants for Pollinators series. This week I’m going to show you all about
planting herbs for bees, because herbs flower pretty much all the time, or at least at the
end of their life cycle, so they provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinators. Most herbs will flower at the end of the season
or several times a year if they are perennials. And they will provide nectar and pollen for
bees and other pollinators. Annual flowers will live out their life cycle
and then they’ll bolt to seed or push up a center stem and make flowers at the end of
their life cycle. So those flowers will attract beneficial insects
and pollinators to your garden. Always a good thing. Perennial herbs will flower several times
a year and you can cut them back and they’ll renew and they can provide pollen and nectar
for bees and other insects throughout the season. So those are all good as well. Let’s look at which different kinds you can
grow. So borage, or borage, depending on how you
say it, is a great plant for pollinators because it refills with nectar every two minutes. Fantastic. Plant things like chives, catmint, comfrey,
lavender, sage, thyme, oregano, mint, and lemon balm, rosemary and basil. Basil in particular sends out beautiful flowers
and you can grow the annual kind or a perennial variety like an African basil. And bees love them. Many herbs can be grown from seed, or you
can buy transplants from the nursery. If you want to grow perennial herbs that are
woody like Rosemary and lavender. I recommend starting those from cuttings,
or buying transplants from the nursery. Plant these in well amended soil, and water
well and once they’re established they’ll provide flowers for you and your bee friends
for years to come. If you like this video, share it with your
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all about bee and how to grow food for them and you.

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