Attracting bumblebees: this is how you make your garden bumblebee-friendly
In addition to bees, bumblebees are also very important for the pollination of our plants. We reveal here how to create a bumblebee-friendly garden and thus attract the little growlers.
With their furry and spherical appearance, the bumblebees belong (Bomb) probably one of the most lovable beneficial insects in our garden. Unfortunately, the fluffy insects are in the shadow of their better-known relatives, the bees. But although bumblebees cannot be used for honey production and we humans don't pay much attention to them, they are indispensable for the garden. Unfortunately, many species of bumblebee are now endangered and threaten to disappear completely from Germany. That is why it is particularly important to support the chubby beneficial insects with a bumblebee-friendly garden. Find out why bumblebees are so important and how you can attract bumblebees to your garden here.
Why should bumblebees be attracted to the garden?
A total of 41 bumblebee species live in Germany and fulfill an important task here: like their relative, the bees, the bumblebee is one of the pollinators that ensure the reproduction of many plants. The bumblebee is of particular value to gardeners: thanks to its furry coat and massive body, it pollinates many crops such as strawberries (Fragaria) and tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) often better than bees, so that the fruits grow larger and more evenly. For this reason, farms that grow their plants in the greenhouse are increasingly relying on bumblebee colonies as pollinators.
In addition, bumblebees can fly at temperatures as low as 3 ° C and in bad weather such as drizzle (in contrast to honey bees, which start collecting at least 12 ° C and prefer to stay in their beehive in wet, damp weather). This makes them one of the most important pollinators, especially for early flowering plants.
Bumblebees can be of great use as pollinators in the garden and can even increase the yield of individual plants. But how do you lure bumblebees into the garden? We have put together the best tips on how to establish bumblebees in your garden.
Make your garden bumblebee-friendly
The best way to attract bumblebees is to make the garden as bumblebee-friendly as possible. Above all, this includes avoiding pesticides and mineral fertilizers, as these often have a health-damaging effect on pollinators or displace the wild plants that are important for bumblebees. In addition, the preservation of natural habitats for bumblebees is of particular importance: Wild corners in the garden with piles of leaves, uncut lawns or even a wildflower meadow are ideal retreats for the small animals. A dry stone wall in the garden is also ideal as a shelter for many species of bumblebee and can also be easily and stylishly integrated into the garden design.
Basically, the more diverse the garden, the more bumblebee-friendly it is. A wide range of different bumblebee-friendly plants, different nesting options and natural spots ensure that bumblebees feel comfortable in the garden. If you want to give your bumblebees additional support, you can offer another possible nesting place with a bumblebee nest box. These are particularly popular in smaller gardens where the number of suitable nesting options for bumblebees is limited. You can find out which nesting aids are suitable for bumblebees and how to build and set them up in our article "Bumblebee nest box: Buying or building a bumblebee hotel".
Gardeners who only have a small garden or even a balcony available often do not know how to attract bumblebees. In fact, you can also design small areas in such a way that bumblebees feel right at home. A bumblebee-friendly balcony impresses with its diverse planting: Bee-friendly balcony plants can not only be cultivated in a small space, but also benefit bumblebees. Above all, one should pay attention to a regular food supply, which can be achieved by planting early, medium and, above all, late-blooming species.
Sparsely planted boxes with earth and some stones not only serve as a source of food, but are also used as nesting places by some bumblebee species. There is also a place for a bumblebee nest box on every balcony and the bumblebees often gladly accept it.
Bumblebee friendly plants
Plants are essential if you want to attract bumblebees. Bumblebee-friendly flowers like the snapdragon (Anthirrhinum majus) are just as popular as cultivated plants such as raspberry (Rubus idaeus) or pea (Pisum sativum). Of course, wild plants such as dandelions (Taraxacum) not missing in a bumblebee-friendly garden.
However, when choosing plants, it is particularly important to pay attention to their different flowering times. Since bumblebees only hibernate for a short time, they are dependent on particularly early flowering plants, but also on flowers that only develop their blossoms in late autumn. A sufficient diversity of flowering times is therefore particularly important. Seed mixtures such as the Plantura bee pasture have proven to be the optimal solution for a bumblebee-friendly garden: By using different bumblebee-friendly plants that have different flowering times, the seed mixture ensures that the bumblebees find a suitable forage plant in every season. You can find out which flowers are also suitable for bumblebees in our article "Bumblebee-friendly plants: Our top 10 for your garden".
You don't just want to welcome the bumblebee, but all the insects to your garden? Read our tips for insect-friendly garden design here.
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I am a student of agricultural sciences and a real village child. At home I have a small vegetable garden that I tend and look after, and I prefer to spend the time outside. When I'm not outdoors, I love to write. My love is not only for plants and writing, but also especially for the animal world.
Favorite fruit: currants and raspberries.
Favorite vegetables: salsify, savoy cabbage and potatoes.
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