Gardening for bees: Tip 7

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Embrace your weeds

Controversially, you should love your weeds! Dandelions are an amazing nectar and pollen source in late winter when nothing else is flowering. You’ll see them covered in bees and pollen beetles in early spring so resist the urge to pull them out or mow them off. Nettles are a food plant for more than 40 butterfly and moth species – if you can leave a patch at the back of the garden, insects will be grateful.