seeds for the bees

Help neighbourhood pollinators by keeping your pockets full of the best seeds for bees! According to West Coast Seeds, just 115 grams is enough for 1,000 square feet.

Some of the brightest plants to attract bees can thrive in residential areas with laneways or boulevards, anywhere with access to sunshine and some earth. If you live in the Pacific Northwest like I do, try carrying around a few of these beauties (following) for your next commute or hike.

1. Fireweed

2. Wild Buckwheat

3. Mint

4. Snowberry

5. Yarrow

Some extra tips from Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation are to:

  • Use local native plants;
  • Choose several colours of flowers;
  • Plant flowers in clumps;
  • Include flowers of different shapes; and
  • Have a diversity of flowers throughout the seasons.

If you live in Vancouver, it might be fun to join a group of bee supporters like Hives for Humanity. Presentations and workshops are ongoing with access to experts and other thought partners.

Please join me in this Seeds for Bees project for #citizenscience and help to test whether this small action to affect our immediate environments could have supportive consequences for the local bee populations. 

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