The apple trees are in full blossom now, finally, after a very late start this year. And the cherry blossoms are just going over. Now that fine weather has finally arrived, over the last few days, the forest garden is really buzzing with life. Over the time that we have lived here and managed our small orchard, I have been gradually working to increase biodiversity and make sure that there are plenty of pollinators around.
At this time of the year, we really see the benefits of the wildlife attraction we’ve been working on. There are diverse bee species present, and many other pollinators throughout the space. Of course, it is very pleasant to enjoy the wildlife on a sunny spring or early summer day. And we also see the benefits in the abundant harvests we receive later in the year.
When people think about attracting bees and other pollinators to their gardens, they often focus on planting plenty of wildflowers and meadow plants. But around 5 mature fruit trees can produce as much nectar to feed diverse species as an acre of meadow. And provide a crucial food source at this time of year.
Of course, we also have to make sure that we have plenty of other nectary plants to take over when the blossom period is over. Fortunately, we have plenty of other flowering plants ready to take over. The comfrey is just beginning to bloom and there are many other plants that I grow to aid pollinators throughout the year.
But at this special time of the year, it is important not just to think ahead, but also to spend some time simply stopping every once in while, and appreciating the wildlife you have drawn into your space.