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What's the Big Deal about BEES?
Have you heard about CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder? "Colony
collapse disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a
beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. While such
disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, the
term colony collapse disorder was first applied to a drastic rise in
the number of disappearances of Western honey bee colonies in North
America in late 2006. Colony collapse is significant because many
agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by bees."
New research shows a
link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides,
specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds. Source
FREE Seeds for the BEES
From a customer, "Monarch Butterflies are about the be placed on the Endangered Species list (thanks Monsanto!). If we all bought at least one package of these (Milkweed) with every order maybe we could help."
**Minimum $10 Order with free shipping on heirloom seeds within the 50 United States and US Territories**
What to Plant and WHY?
simplest way to increase crop yields is to encourage pollinators to
your garden. It's simple to do, easy to grow and eco-friendly.
BASIL and BORAGE produce flowers and are both companion plants for Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash and Eggplant.
Marigold is another companion plant AND it deters nematodes!
MILKWEED is the perfect addition if you're looking to attract Bees and Butterflies.
Lavender, Lemon Bee Balm, Anise Hyssop, Caraway, Chives, Chamomile and
Yarrow are all Flowering Herbs and what I call "Double Duty Herbs."
These "double duty" varieties encourage pollinators to your garden AND
are useful in herbal home remedies as well as home-cooking recipes.
SUNFLOWERS are an excellent addition to your garden for the bees and other pollinators. For multiple flowers, try Mexican Sunflower!
is another edible flower that attracts pollinators. Pretty flowers
with a delicious flavor! As a companion plant, Nasturtium deters Squash
critical importance of pollinators is exemplified in a recent study
out of the University of California, Berkeley. Not only do pollinators
help increase crop yields, they may be even more important than
fertilizers, according to the study suggests."
concluded that an almond tree can compensate for the lack of nutrients
and water in the short term by storing the nutrients and water in the
fruits instead, but cannot compensate for insufficient pollination"
Have you seed our VIDEO?
Many of you have asked for information we have been sharing during our
free workshops in our local community. Here's the first of many! *Click the picture below*