How to Plant Flowers From Seeds to Help Save The Bees!
The rusty patched bumble bee has recently been listed as endangered and all bees are in trouble due to habitat destruction, pesticides, parasites, and other causes, but there’s an easy way you can help! Planting flowers is a wonderful easy way to help pollinators! Now is a great time to plant some seeds since Spring just started. I created an easy guide about planting seeds for anyone who would like to try. This information also applies to vegetable seeds. Don’t get overwhelmed by the long list, these steps are actually rather simple and take place over a few weeks. I just wanted to provide as much information as possible, but I would still recommend reading the whole thing, or printing it out, since it’s all useful information. :)
Important: Go organic and do not use pesticides! Your flowers will be pretty useless if you use pesticides on them, you can’t use them, and the bees can’t use them either if they’re coated in chemicals. Pesticides can kill bees and other insects . Non-organic chemicals and pesticides are a cause of pollution, destroying animal habitats! Try to find soils and seeds labelled “Organic” and do not use pesticides!
Please also do not kill caterpillars and worms and other beneficial insects. If a caterpillar is bothering you, do not kill it, move it elsewhere instead. When caterpillars grow up, they turn into beneficial butterflies!
1. Pick out some pretty flower seeds and plant labels and a sharpie if you don’t have one (and an indoor seed starter if you want to start your seeds indoors. check your packet, some seeds say to only start them outdoors. I personally think starting seeds outdoors is way easier.)
Tips for picking out seeds:
In general, bigger seeds are easier to get to sprout and less delicate.
Get perennials or natives if you don’t want to water them less often.
Non GMO means non genetically modified.
Organic seeds are better for the environment.
Some flowers, like nasturtiums, are edible, If they are edible, its say on the back of the packet.
Some flowers can also be used in flower arrangements, dried, or used in teas (it’ll say on the back of the packet. You can also google lists of edible flowers, good cut flowers, good dried flowers, and good tea flowers.)
Bees like most flowers, but you can also google a list of flowers bees like best.
You can also find the height at full size, and whether the plant needs to grow in the sun or shade on the back of the packet.
2. google to make sure they aren’t invasive in your state, and find out what number zone you live in if you live in the US.
3. follow the directions on the packet for planting time and location. It usually says when to plant them based on a frost date, which you can find out from googling “<the name of your state> frost date”. You don’t have to be exact about seed planting depth, just get as close as you can. The germination time is how long it’ll take the seeds to sprout. Keep the seed packet somewhere where you can find it.
4. Label your seeds with the plant labels and sharpie. Write when you planted them and the name of the flowers.
5. Check on your seeds every day. Water them when the soil is dry. If they wilt, don’t worry, try watering them, and they might come back up the next day! Some seeds also take a while to sprout, so keep watering them, they’ll sprout eventually!
6. (If you are using an indoor seed starter) Once your seedlings are a few (around 1-3) inches tall, take them outside and plant them in the ground.
7. Continue watering when the soil is dry. Native plants, perennials, and shrubs don’t really need watering once they’re big. Watering plants can be a fun relaxing activity and a good excuse to get outside more.
8. You did it! You have flowers! Thank you for helping the pollinators! :D
Please reblog to spread the information! Thank you and have a wonderful day!
I made a friend yesterday. This carpenter bee was drowning, so I let her dry off on me. She just hugged my finger at first and laid her head on me. It was so sweet. After she got her strength back, she dried herself with her arms like a cat. Once she was all fluffy again, she flew away.
Carpenter bees are important pollinators of some plants that other bees can’t reach. Males have yellow faces and can’t sting you. Females have black faces and give nice hugs. ^_^
As awareness to the bee crisis increases, so does the initiative to help bees! Luckily theres plenty you can do to help! Pollinator gardens have taken off recently, here’s a few tips on how to get started with your own!
Research plants that are good for bees!
Bees love plants with high concentrations of nectar and pollen, theres plenty of resources available to help you choose which would be best for you!
Plant flora native to your area!
While there are many plants that bees love, avoid planting invasive species. A simple search can pull up all the native plants to your state/region. These plants will be easier to maintain and also won’t disrupt the balance of your area.
Avoid harmful pesticides/plants treated with neonics!
Neonictoids are pesticides present in the seed, they’re the most common pesticide in the world and they’re extremely toxic to bees. Avoid using harmful pesticides and all neonics.
Be aware of what conditions your plants need to flourish
This one seems kinda obvious but many beginners forget to check when/where to plant something and it results in dead plants. Luckily it’s spring for most of us and a good time to establish your garden. be aware of the season you should be planting your seeds in (it usually says when/where to plant on the seed packet).
If you are interested in attracting more pollinators to your garden, especially bumblebees, grow some comfrey, rough comfrey in the case of these pictures. In the few minutes I spent around this colony growing along the river Clyde I took a dozen shots of different bumblebees (of which these were the best as I should ditch my phone and switch to a decent camera). No other group of plants in bloom in the surrounding area was experiencing the same amount of insect activity.
Aside from being clearly beneficial to the bees, comfrey - a number of species within the Symphytum genus - has also been used as an edible plant (which can cause damage to the liver over time so I wouldn’t really use it that way) and as a dynamic accumulator. The latter expression means that comfrey is one of those plants which send down a deep and robust set of taproots and gather nutrients in the leaves. This phenomenon is useful in two ways: as the root system draws water and nutrients upwards, nearby plants get to enjoy the effects of capillarity, at least to a certain extent depending on their distance, while the large leaves can be periodically harvested throughout the growing season to be added to the compost box or turned into liquid fertiliser.
Comfrey is often mentioned in permaculture design, and generally positioned below the drip line of orchard trees, where its qualities are most useful.
Trees for Bees poster! via. The Pollinator Partnership. Find plants suitable for wildlife at Shapedscape.com/plants our plant database is custom designed for landscape architects, garden designers and gardeners alike.
I’ve been itching for one of these for a while now. They’re designed to attract and house solitary bees, like mason bees. The other areas are for butterfly roosting, and various other beneficial insects.
Still wondering what’s going on with the bees? Well check out this New Year’s Miracle: Doctor Buggs finally put out another episode! I finally got enough time to edit the video I filmed months ago discussing the honey bee health decline! Lemme know what you think ^_^
If I could, I would replace all my grass with thyme.
I have seven different cultivars growing now, with outstanding features like lemon and pineapple flavours, variegated or brightly-coloured foliage, and creeping or bushy habits. I can really never have enough thyme.
Thymes (Thymus spp.) are in the mint (Lamiaceae) family. They’re beautiful, small-leafed plants that attract all sorts of pollinators with countless small blossoms.
I take chunks off of the thyme plants I have growing in the herb spiral to start areas of groundcover elswhere in the garden. They form patches easily from a small rooted stem.
I plant strawberries in a bed of thyme to repel pests, which allows the fruit to lay on soft, hygienic leaves, instead of soil.
My plants that need a little winter protection over the root ball are often planted under a bed of thyme, allowing them to be insulated during the colder months: tarragon, for example, springs up reliably every year from underneath a patch of golden thyme.
Under foot and between paving stones, thyme holds weeds at bay, and releases a sweet scent into the air when stepped on.
In essence, it’s a perfect permaculture plant, because it fulfills numerous functions: it’s edible, aesthetically-pleasing, labour-reducing, and insectary.
If you have a ton of space a labyrinth is boss. If you don’t, a labyrinth drawn on a smooth rock or step stone is awesome.
Look up companion plants to help keep pests away. For example? Parsley keeps aphids away from roses. So plant a border of parsley around your roses.
Plant flowers that attract bees. Bees charge your garden, pollinate your plants and are awesome. I love thinking of them as members of a tiny goddess cult, just out grabbing sacrifices for their fuzzy version of Frig
I keep a pretty bowl in my garden for bottles of water or ingredients I am charging in the moon/sun
I like bird feeders. They are a great place to put spells or charms you want to spread. I like to read the visitors to my feeder as signs.