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    Successful seed saving at home

    When it comes to gardening in a self-sufficient way, nothing beats saving your own seed. For our seed bank at the Botanic Garden, we collect, dry, clean and store seeds of wild Welsh plants for future conservation and restoration uses. Many of the techniques we use to professionally conserve this seed can be applied to […]

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    Top plant families for pollinators in August

    The National Botanic Garden of Wales is leading research using DNA barcoding to understand the foraging preferences of pollinating insects. Based on their results so far, we asked the Botanic Garden’s scientists to let us know some of the best plants to attract pollinators in August. Here are their top six plant families. Be sure to avoid double flowered varieties.

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    Pesky Wasps!

    The Bees are still foraging like mad whenever they get the chance. This week we noticed lots of different colours of pollen going in and the bees were very busy bees!

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    The sun is out but is there trouble in store?

    Botanic beekeeper Lynda Christie plots a treatment programme to boost the bees and help our hives

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    Wildflower Highlights – Great Burnet

    This distinctively tall wildflower might be declining across Wales but it’s thriving on our Waun Las NNR.

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    Unite and Prosper! by Lynda Christie

    Solving the problem of a queen-less colony We always need to have a reason for opening and disturbing the bees. The main aim this week is to assess if colonies need to be given more boxes, to process the nectar flow and make honey stores. If we already know that the colony is ‘queen right’ […]

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