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Vegetables and herbs for the bees

Bees love a vegetable garden.

Makes sense. Flowering vegetables and herbs lure them in with their delicious nectar and pollen.
Volle Makkelijke Moestuinbakken
A full garden box in a Planty Garden
If you want to be a friend to the bees, it's as easy as setting up your garden box and filling it up.

You don't have to do anything else really. The bees will seek out your Planty Garden.

Vegetables that bloom as they grow

  • Peas (like winter, sugar snap, and snow peas)
  • Beans (like the Romano pole, bacon, and bush beans)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

Bloeiende courgette
A flowering zucchini plant
  • Zucchinis (like our climbing zucchini) and pumpkins
  • New Zealand spinach

Other vegetables

If you leave them in your garden box and let them go to flower - accidentally or on purpose - they'll attract tons of bees too.
  • Lettuce (lamb's lettuce, head lettuce, loose-leaf lettuce, or cos lettuce)
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Fennel
Bloeiende palmkool
Dino kale blooms beautifully in early spring
  • All kinds of kale (like dino kale after the winter)
  • Beets

Herbs

Herbs are also bee magnets.

Chives, oregano, sage, rosemary, dill, thyme, chamomile, basil, cilantro, chervil, lovage, borage, mint, and lavender.
Bloeiende oregano
Flowering oregano
Just to name a few 😉

If you don't have any vegetable patches left in your garden box, put the herbs in pots or grow bags.

It's a good idea to plant mint separately anyway. Mint plants like to spread out and will take over a garden box in no time.

Fruit

Bloeiend appelboompje bij de moestuin
Flowering apple blossom in the garden
Bees love fruit blossoms and the fruit benefits from the bees. More pollination means tastier fruit.

Same goes for strawberries. If they're a strange shape or stay small, that means they weren't pollinated very well.

Flowers in the vegetable garden

Goudsbloemen horen bij een moestuin
Calendula and marigolds are a perfect plant for a vegetable garden
No vegetable garden is complete without sunflowers, Indian cress, calendula, and marigolds.

Not only are these flowers bee magnets, they're also great companion plants for your vegetables. That's why we included them in the seed shop 🙂

Got room for more flowers?

These are extra tasty for bees and look beautiful too:
  • Foxglove
Peultjes en vingerhoedskruid
Foxglove and snow peas
  • Columbine
  • Clover
  • Wild daisy
  • Pansies

Juffertje-in-het-groen
Love-in-a-mist
  • Love-in-a-mist
  • Poppies

Klaprozen en margrieten
Poppies and daisies
  • Cornflowers
  • Roses
  • Mallow

Helping bees is super simple

Just set up your garden box:
  1. Fill it up with vegetables and herbs
  2. Then put some fruit and flowers in your garden or on your balcony.
  3. And don't use any nasty pesticides (Bayer and Round-up). Get unprocessed seeds and plants from a grower who doesn't use pesticides.
That way you're happy and the bees are happy.

Enjoy!

That way you're happy and the bees are happy.

Enjoy!
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