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Insects are our friends, they are essential to nature and therefore in our garden. However, today, the massive use of pesticide and the craze for impeccable gardens dramatically reduce the amount of small animals. Do you believe in biodiversity? Do you want to make a gesture for the planet? Know that it is possible to have a beautiful and welcoming garden at the same time by adopting honey plants. For more information, we took advantage of a sunny weekend to visit a garden center on the banks of the Loire, a few kilometers from Angers, and we met Philippe, an enthusiast who works exclusively with crops organic and local.
What are honey plants?
Honey plants are plants that attract butterflies, bees and generally all types of foragers. These plants have the particularity to consist of flowers which offer a beautiful reserve of pollen for pollinating insects.
Why is it so important to conserve these insects?
Because these insects are essential to our ecosystem. Thanks to pollination, plants bloom every year, fruit trees have more flowers then fruit, plants are denser, etc. Having honey plants also allows insects to feed and reproduce.
What type of plants do you recommend?
You must choose honey plants that can flourish in your region and that will adapt to your soil and the sunshine in your garden. In my eyes, it is especially important to create several spaces in the garden. Choose brightly colored plants that will attract browsers and play on the heights so that each species finds its place. Make sure you have several varieties of honey plants so that every season there are flowers in your garden.
What are the most common honey plants?
The best known honey plant is lavender. Contrary to popular belief, you can have them everywhere in France. It is not a Provencal exclusivity! In the same spirit, you can opt for the meadowsweet, the eupatory, the borage, the agastache or the abelia. Lovers of good food can rejoice, many aromatic plants belong to the honey family. This is the case with oregano, thyme or mint.
What are the mistakes not to make with honey plants?
If you choose honey plants to attract pollinating insects, ban fertilizers from your garden. In general, choose a responsible attitude. Use natural products and leave a part of nature in your garden. Insects need shelter and shelter such as a dead tree trunk, a pile of wood or weeds.