More Bee Friendly Plants:
Fruit And Vegetables

Bumblebee flying toward a blueberry flower.

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. In addition to which, although some plants can self-pollinate, they have been found to produce a better crop if pollinated by bees - and believe it or not, tomatoes are one such example.

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. 

Above - these images were taken from a kale plant in my allotment. It was allowed to flower, and the mass of flowers attracted many bees.

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 endeavoured 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).

On my fruit and vegetable list, I have also combined the seasons from Spring through to Autumn. This is because there are so many varieties available, and careful planting can ensure long seasons for many crop types.

Above: spot the bumblebee pollinating the raspberries!

Bee Friendly Fruit And Vegetable Plants

Kiwi Fruit
Passion Fruit

Runner beans
Broad beans
Squashes, pumpkins, gourds
Logan berry
Avocado Macademia Nut

Plant Herbs

For Bees

More links to bee friendly plants, as well as further information about how to attract bees and other pollinators!

Garden plants for bees Lists and information about some of the best garden plants for bees. Seasonal guide.

Herb planting for bees
Many herbs are great bee friendly plants. Take a look at this list of herbs and information.

Wildflowers for Bees
Native wildflowers are ideally adapted to suit a range of indigenous pollinators as well as other wildlife. Learn more here.

Trees, shrubs and hedgerows for bees
Trees, shrubs and hedgerows make some of the best bee plants, but they are easily forgotten! Take a look at this list for inspiration!

Vegetable Garden Basics
Learn more about how to grow a Vegetable Garden full of lovely fresh produce with a taste far superior to anything you can buy at the supermarket!

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