SEED TOKENS – BEES
Have you heard about the declining bee numbers and what a disaster this is for them and us?
Bees are a keystone species (who pollinate our food supply) so without them, our ecosystem will become dramatically different or cease to exist altogether.
Towns and cities are becoming less bee-friendly; flower filled spaces are being taken over by driveways and low maintenance gardens. That’s why we’re including a seed token with our cards.
These will not only tell the lucky receiver that a tree has been planted for them but they can also be planted and will grow into flowers to feed our bee friends! Each token contains a mix of Sweet Alyssum, Baby’s Breath, Basil & Poppy.
In Spring/Summer, soak token in water and tear into small pieces. Place in a pot of compost and lightly sprinkle with more compost.
Water thoroughly! Keep the soil moist at all times. Do not let the seeds dry out but do not keep soaking wet either.
Place in a sunny spot and, once seeds start to sprout, water every so often. Do not let soil completely dry out.
When flowers bloom, place pot outside. Eco systems are fragile so do not plant in nature. Only place in garden/window settings.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?
No matter how big or small your space, you can create a haven for bees. A garden, a window ledge, a hanging basket or just a single pot can hold treats for our pollinators. There are a tonne of bee-friendly plants you can grow from flowers, fruit and veg, even trees! Bees love variety 🙂
The pesticides used in modern farming have been shown to play a huge part in our declining bee populations. Vote with your money and show farmers that we want to work with nature and move towards a more organic world.
If you think that organic produce is too expensive, consider the fact that on average we waste 30% of our food. Now you can feed two birds with one scone by reducing your food waste and using these savings on organic.
Let it Grow
What’s in a name? Most flowers which we consider ‘weeds’ are actually wildflowers which are perfect for feeding bees.
Pristine lawns may look nicer to some but if you want to make your garden safe for bees, put down those herbicides and pesticides. Chemicals on our gardens are especially dangerous during flowering as they will get into pollen and nectar which the bees then take back their hives.
The average bee flies to 50-100 flowers per trip to collect their pollen. They fly great distances which is all tiring work! Providing water, especially during hotter periods can act as a life saver for some bees. A small dish or bird bath is all that’s needed to be a bee saviour!
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