Many fruit and vegetables are also bee friendly plants, so why not grow your own? I myself started growing a few items in our small garden, but after an 8 year wait, I finally managed to get an allotment.
Organic, home grown fruit and vegetables provide tasty meals for you (seriously, home grown beats shop-bought for taste any time!), as well as sources of nectar and pollen for bees.
In return, you’ll benefit greatly from insect pollination, which results in a more abundant fruit and vegetable yield.
However, do note that whilst some food crops do not rely on bees or other pollinators to produce fruit, they may rely on them to produce further seeds.
Whilst some fruit and vegetables rely on bees to produce the maximum crop, other vegetables don't need bees at all, such as the leafy vegetables. However, If you are wanting to help the bees, it's worth allowing some leaf crops to go to flower anyway.
Kale, and other brassicas provide fantastic foraging opportunities, and the leaves can still be picked.
I am not able to go through the many varieties of specific fruit and
vegetable varieties that may attract bees.
My aim is simply to show you
that you can grow your own fruit and vegetables, and at the same time,
accommodate bee friendly plants ( - oh, and this plant list also
includes a few species of nuts).
I’m also demonstrating that many different types of foods rely on bees and other pollinators. Partly for this reason, I have decided to add in a few plants that require warmer climates, than for example in the UK and Northern Europe.
As with all my lists, I have endeavored to include plants that may be visited by more than one type of bee, depending on climate and availability of species (although some types of bees will be more efficient pollinators than others, depending on the kind of plant).
Squashes, pumpkins, gourds