Re: Companion flowers for vegetable garden
And don’t forget the native bees. These mostly solitary bees are very good pollinators and need places to live. Straws bundled together or blocks of wood with holes drilled make good homes. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Other/note109/note109.html
We were just at my brother-in-laws house for easter and he was complaining that the ‘honeybees’ wouldn’t leave his wind chime alone. As he said this he started to vigorously shake said wind chime and several mason bees flew out of the hollow reeds that the chime was constructed from. I reassured him that these were gentle mason bees not honeybees. They were building nests for their young and he did not need to be worried about them stinging his kids. But it just goes to show that, if you build it (even if you didn’t know what you were building) they will come.