We took this excerpt from an article in the UAE ‘The National‘ entitled ‘To bee or not to bee: why we should value the humble honeymakers” (You can find the full article here). Although the article had a focus on honeybees there was useful advice for your garden and we were delighted that one of the recommendations was to install a bee brick.
“So, if you have a garden, what can you be doing on a macro level to support bees and other pollinators? Peppers, pumpkins, squash, watermelons and marigolds are all plants favoured by bees that grow well in the UAE. Also, try growing flowering herbs such as rosemary, lavender, fennel, mint, sage, thyme and coriander. You don’t need a garden; a window box or pots on the balcony will also attract and feed the bees.
Remember, not all bees produce honey and not all pollinators are bees. You can also help preserve the habitat of solitary bees, which ordinarily live in stone walls, reeds or snail shells, by installing a bee brick or bug box in a sunny spot in your garden, which will act as a small bee hotel.”