Save the Bees

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 Help Save the Bees by Curtis Jones

We love our local seed company, Botanical Interest, Inc.for their fine quality non-GMO seeds that have never been treated with pesticides.  They have done a fabulous job creating a local Boulder Company. The graphics on their seed packages are truly works of art and what's in the packets is even better. It's still a family owned and operated business that cares deeply about our community and our gardens.  Curtis Jones, the co-Founder, and co-President of Botanical Interest shared this information about "saving the bees" with us. 

Since 2006 we have heard about the unfortunate loss of honey bee colonies in North America and elsewhere. The decline in the number of bees is both shocking and frightening and blamed on a number of causes. We are not here to discuss the reasons but instead, we want to emphasize that every single gardener can make a difference! Even if you plant just one more container of flowers than you have in previous years, you can help! Botanical Interests seed company has a lot of appropriate varieties to help you help the bees! Many of their packets that attract bees are marked as such!

  • Plant flowers with open petals and upright stamens for easy access by our pollen-loving friends (Cosmos, Coneflowers).

  • Choose flowers that are heavy pollen producers (penstemon, salvia).

  • Some herbs provide food for insects as well as humans so add them to your garden also (Oregano).

  • Limit or eliminate pesticide usage.

  • Plant cover crops and use compost rather than relying on synthetic fertilizers.

  • Make sure your garden blooms from very early spring to late fall to provide food as long as possible.

  • If you have open spaces like fields, road sides, etc. plant with native wildflower mixes.

  • Provide shelter from the elements such as standing grasses, flower stalks, shrubs, etc.

  • Not all weeds need to be eradicated; see if the bees and butterflies are enjoying the buffet they offer and if they are, leave them be!

And remember, all of our Botanical Interests seeds are NON - Gmo and none of the seeds are treated with pesticides! Plus, they are a gardening family owned business!

 

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