outdoor tips

How to Plant Flowers From Seeds to Help Save The Bees!

Originally posted by lottiedotts

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!

Originally posted by anishacreations

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Carabiner ‘Grenade’ Survival Kit With Sharp Eye Knife - By The Friendly Swede

As the name says, this survival kit employs a sturdy carabiner, and this addition makes it possible for you to carry it around as a keychain or hooked on your backpack. At first glance, however, this survival kit doesn’t seem like it could help out in an emergency situation, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

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United Cutlery M48 Talon Survival Spear

Spears, along with knives, axes and clubs arethe earliest tools developed by mankind and have been used in combat, hunting and fishing for ages. Up until the modern era, spears have found their place in almost every army in the world and were used either in one or both hands as melee and throwing weapons. However, these advancements have not been able to completely eradicate the interest of using modern spears in hunting or as a part of survival gear. A testament to this is the United Cutlery M48 Talon Survival Spear.

Garden tip

Either it’s still too soon I planted my roses a few weeks ago or, the chamomile tea actually works; brew a strong cup of chamomile tea and add peppermint essential oil (I also added geranium essential oil) and place in a spray bottle. Spray your garden in the coolest part of the day. I water in the morning and spray in the evening just because I’m always rushing to work. I haven’t seen as many insects aside from a random ant or two sense I started spraying my garden. It also helps to add companion plants to act as body guards for defenseless plants. Do your research and create a loving and supportive family in the garden!

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Survival Slingshot

Slingshots are no longer small hand-powered catapults which have been regular fixtures among boys from all countries, generations and cultures. Well, at least not the one that we are featuring here. This is a more grown-up version of a slingshot, made for survivalists, hunters or collectors of strange weaponry. It is called the Survival Slingshot or Archery Slingshot, and is produced by the eponymous company based in Dallas, Texas.

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Xpectre Compact Take-down Survival Bow and Arrow Set

Hunting is one of the oldest skills developed by man and it’s so primal and basic that it just can’t get old. One of the basic weapons used for hunting are a bow and arrow so if you want to try out this activity or you’re a hunter who wants to expand the weapon collection, the Xpectre Compact Take-down Survival Bow and Arrow Set might be come in handy. The main benefits of this bow are that it’s compact, reliable and affordable.