Thursday, April 3, 2014

5 Reasons to Plant WILDFLOWERS!

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Dear Mary,
APRIL 22nd is Earth Day!  We LOVE Earth Day!
It's a gentle reminder of the beauty of nature and a great opportunity to get involved...Like planting Wildflowers!
We added 3 NEW Varieties Today!


5 Reasons to Plant Wildflowers
#1 is most definitely THE BEES!!!
Bee and Purple Coneflower
From Back to the Basics:
 Why are Honeybees so Important?
"Bees are important to the production of fruits and vegetables. The honey produced by bees have important medicinal uses and is a good replacement for sugar as a sweetener. A healthy bee hive is also an indication of a healthy environment. The beekeepers that I speak to talk about a spiritual connection with the bees and the enjoyment that get for caring for them. That is why bees are important."
Check out Easy Ways to Help the Bees


#2 is for THE BUTTERFLIES!

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

#3 Companion Planting
Many of these beautiful flowering plants are beneficial in the garden to repel "bad bugs" and attract "good bugs."  For example, Borage (flowering herb) repels tomato hornworms and Marigolds keep soil free of bad nematodes.  Both are companion plants for Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant and Squash.
Nasturtiums (pictured above) deters squash bugs and beetles AND are deliciously edible.
Check out our Companion Planting articles


#4 To EAT them!

As I mentions above, there are many varieties of edible flowers.  Borage and Nasturtiums we have already discussed.  Sunflower is an obvious edible.  Yarrow, Calendula, Purple Coneflower (echinacea) Anise Hyssop and Basil have reported health benefits when used in a tea, tincture or salve.

#5 THE BEAUTY OF NATURE!

There is something truly amazing about planting a seed, watching it grow and enjoying the blossoms of nature.  I love to be able to say "I grew this!"
(with lots of help)
Dark Purple Opal Basil
HELPFUL LINKS: 
2014 Planting Guide
Using Diatomaceous Earth for Organic Pest Control
Top 10 Crops with Companion Plants
Recycling in Your Garden and More

All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid,non-patented, untreated, heirloom seeds.
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There you have it!!!  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
-Mary                                      

Mary's Heirloom Seeds 

5 comments:

Christine Carnahan said...

This is a great article! It is so especially important to help our bees and butterflies, and planting beautiful flowers is such a wonderful, happy way to do it! :)
~ Christine from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Marla Gates said...

It is so important that we maintain our bees because without them we cannot survive. Thanks for sharing this valuable information Mary. Shared on google. Have a wonderful healthy day!

Lisa Lewis Koster said...

You've shared some very valid points. While it's good for the environment, I primarily enjoy their beauty. I have some perennials in my yard, but God outdoes us in the woods every time. Take a look at these trillium! I can't wait to see them again this year! http://www.lisalewiskoster.com/2012/04/trillions-of-trillium.html

Karen said...

This makes me so eager to see all the blooming things! I've started some coneflower and "bee-flower" seeds this year and both are already up! The bee-flower is new to me, so I'm eager to see how it does and, along with the coneflower, I'm looking forward to them inviting lots of humming visitors to our garden. Thanks for a great post!

Jen said...

Not that I needed any convincing, but this is a great post. I'm definitely going to be visiting and pinning some of your posts on companion planting.