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The season of planting trees and honey plants

  To do good for our bees while helping nature, let's not hesitate to plant trees and hedges. This provides pollen and nectar for our bees, provides shelter and food for birds and serves as a storage for CO².

The best period

From November to March, we can plant safely. Only avoid periods of frost when it would be difficult to dig a planting hole. In addition, the frost prevents the hole from being properly plugged and this causes the roots to dry out which is detrimental to the recovery of the plant.

It is also possible to plant shrubs purchased in a container with root ball later in the season. However, avoid periods of drought when recovery would be more difficult.

The first year of planting, remember to water well during dry periods to promote root development.

How to plant well?

Nothing very complicated if you follow these few principles.

Make a hole larger than the roots so that you can install the tree of your choice without bending them.

Smash the bottom of the hole with your spade. This will help the roots that will grow to penetrate deep into the soil.

For a hedge, the ideal is to make a trench, but a simple hole will do the trick if you want to go faster.

An advice: make the hole a week or two before planting. Contact with air will activate bacteria in the soil which promote recovery.

Add a solid stake so that the tree does not move in a strong wind, then fill the hole by tamping down enough so that the roots are in good contact with the earth. A good layer of compost placed on the surface will provide the necessary nutrients. Connect the tree to the stake with an appropriate link.



What to plant?

Trees

Think of willows, maples, acacias, lime trees, chestnut trees ... Fruit trees are also of great interest: cherry trees, apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, chestnut trees ...

The bushes

Here too you have a very large choice. Small fruit trees: currants, raspberries, quince trees, blackcurrant ... Flowering shrubs: flowering currant, holly, spirea, goat-leaf, heather ...

Hedges

Here too you are spoiled for choice.

For honey hedges, think of hawthorn, country maple, privet, dogwood, blackthorn, ivy, hazel ... These hedges can be mixed or planted with a single species. They will delight foraging insects and provide shelter and a pantry for birds.

In non-honeyed hedges, you have the choice of beech, yew, hornbeam ... In general, these hedges are made up of plants of a single variety.

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