Create bee-friendly gardens with ecofective

Defender Range safe for children, pets, and pollinators

Rose Defender. Picture; ecofective
Rose Defender. Picture; ecofective

With bees under threat, gardeners are looking for pest control products that are not harmful to bumble and honey bees that are responsible for pollinating nearly 85 per cent of our food crops.

The ecofective Defender range can help to keep your garden disease and pest-free garden yet not harm the vital pollinators.

The Rose Defender, Plant Defender, and House Plant Continue reading “Create bee-friendly gardens with ecofective”

Sign petition against bee-harming pesticides

People power can get neonicotinoids banned on garden centre plants

Bee chives
Help to save our bees

B&Q’s announcement that from next February, it will stop their suppliers from using pesticides toxic to bees on any of the flowering plants they sell.

This has been met with a great deal of delight in the environmental world and has sparked the question – why don’t other garden centres do the same?

Beekeeper Martin Corbett has launched a petition on 38 Degrees asking Homebase and other garden centres to do the same.

The online petition reads: “Toxic pesticides are killing Continue reading “Sign petition against bee-harming pesticides”

B&Q bans neonicotinoids on flowering plants

Growers banned from using pesticides for February 2018 range

Bee Sedum
Garden plants like this Sedum are a prime food source for bees

To help support wildlife and address the declining bee population, B&Q is to ban neonicotinoid pesticide use on its flowering plant range, available from February 2018.

The move means the retailer is the first to commit to ensuring no neonicotinoid pesticides are used in the cultivation of flowering plants, particularly pollinators where they present the biggest risk of harm to bees. Continue reading “B&Q bans neonicotinoids on flowering plants”

Bee on chive

Treating bee and wasp stings

It’s the season to be stung

Bee on Campanula carpatica
Bee on Campanula carpatica

One downside of encouraging bees to visit your garden is the risk of getting stung.

This last happened to me while deadheading a sunflower.

I couldn’t tell you what type of bee it was but it was not happy with me getting rid of its nectar source.

I didn’t see it happen – just felt the searing pain in my hand. There was an entry wound at the base of my finger, but no venom sac. Continue reading “Treating bee and wasp stings”