Wild Marjorom and Chives bring Bees, Birds and Butterflies

Wild Marjoram and Chives Bring Bees, Birds and Butterflies
Bees, birds and butterflies are of course very welcome visitors to the organic garden, where they help to pollinate fruit and vegetable crops and to control pests. So it is well worth the effort of planting a selection of these wildlife-friendly herbs in order to encourage wildlife to come onto your land. The following herbs are the best ones to plant for wildlife purposes:
• Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare) , also known as oregano, has proved to be good for attracting wildlife into the garden. This perennial herb is popular with bees and I have also found that many small moths and a range of butterflies, including blue butterflies, will visit its small, whitish flowers. In addition, Oregano is also supposed to be a caterpillar food plant. Oregano makes an attractive ground cover plant that grows well in full sun and likes a well-drained soil.
• Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) must be one of the best herbs for attracting bees so do allow some plants to flower if you grow this herb mainly for culinary purposes. Best grown in a sunny position, chives like a moist, rich soil and its lovely mauve flowers and fairly low height make it a very attractive edging plant for a border or for the herb area.
Source: The Vegan-News

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