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Hives for Humanity: Bee Friendly Seeds

Did you receive a package of our bee friendly seeds at one of our workshops? From one of our partners? From a friend? Excellent! The best thing we can do to support bees – all kinds of bees, including wild and managed species, of which there are 20,000 worldwide!!! – is to plant flowers that feed them!

You can attract a variety of wild and domestic bees, as well as other pollinators and beneficial insects, by sowing this custom blend of wildflowers in a corner of your garden, in a planter or anywhere you see a bare patch of soil.  Each flower is selected for its rich supply of nectar, drought tolerance, ease of germination and beauty throughout the entire season.

How to grow:

Sow the seeds in early March to the end of May.

Clear a patch of ground or soil so that it is free of weeds and grass.

Gently rough up the surface of the soil with a rake and simply toss the seeds as evenly as possible.

One seed packet should cover about 50 square feet.

Rake the seeds so that they are barely covered with soil as the seeds must come into contact with the soil in order to germinate.

Water immediately and keep the soil moist until the seedlings become established.

As the wildflowers grow, pull out any weeds that emerge so that they don’t compete for light, water and nutrients.

The flowers should return the next year through self-seeding, but also try your hand at seed saving.  

Simply cut off dry seed heads in the fall and keep them in a cool, dry place until the following spring when you can sow them again.

Wildflower Mix contents:

Chinese Forget-Me-Not — Cynoglossum amabile
Siberian Wallflower — Cheiranthus allionii
California Poppy — Eschscholzia californica
Purple Coneflower — Echinacea purpurea
China Aster — Callistephus chinensis
Corn Poppy — Papaver rhoeas
Lance Leaved Coreopsis — Coreopsis lanceolata
Blue Flax — Linum lewisii
Baby Blue Eyes — Nemophila menziesii
Globe Gilia — Gilia capitata
Indian Blanket — Gaillardia pulchella
Tidy Tips — Layia platyglossa
Plains Coreopsis — Coreopsis tinctoria
Sweet Alyssum — Lobularia maritima
Lavender Hyssop — Agastache foeniculum
Fleabane Daisy — Erigeron annuus
Forget-Me-Not — Myosotis sp.
New England Aster — Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Lemon Bergamot — Monarda citriodora