I’ve just been inspired by a pollination programme on TV, to increase the pollination value to our tiny garden. It is mostly laid to lawn, with a shrub boarder - mostly small trees and ferns. I have three wooden planters which I am planning to put along the fence along the fence and I’ve already planted a raspberry cane and a blackcurrent bush in the boarder. I’m planning to dig up a large and very dead fern so there will be a little more space, but I can’t dig up the whole bed as we are renting. we have one bed in the front garden which is about 1m by 3m, but permanently shaded.
Because we have so little space I had planned to devote it to veggies, but I do want to provide a better environment for pollinators. What veggies are good for insects, or what flowers can share a planter without pinching all the nutrients?!
I looked at the RHS list of pollinators, but they are mostly flowers with the odd fruit tree. I am tempted to plant a Jasmine by the front door though - I love the smell and it’s supposed to be great for insects!