I have been talking over the last year about how the single most important thing you can do for Canada’s honey bees is to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. Since June 5 marks the start of National Planting Week, it’s time to get those pollinator-friendly seeds in the ground to provide nutritious food sources for pollinators.
How To Plant a Pollinator-Friendly Garden
The very first thing you should do is sign up for your seed packet at the BeesMatter.ca website, and it is completely free and easy to do. The Buzzing Gardens seed packets contain a selection of flowers recommended by Pollinator Partnership Canada for gardens across the country, and each seed kit contains seeds from five non-invasive varieties of flowering plants that are native to Canada.
These seeds are really easy to grow and you can plant them in a garden space or in a planter if you don’t have a garden. All you have to do is…
1) Open up seed kit
2) Sprinkle loosely on top of soil; there are enough seeds to cover ~5 square feet!
3) Cover seeds loosely with soil using your hands or a rake
4) Water them well so they germinate
And that’s it! It was a wonderful activity to do with our 4 year old Ethan, he absolutely loves being outside and digging in the dirt and helping me plant our garden as it is.
Some of the flowers in the seed kit are annuals and some are perennials that will keep coming back year after year. Some of your seeds won’t even flower until the fall. It will be fun to watch them grow as the growing season passes us by.
This is the third year for the Buzzing Gardens program, and Canadians have already planted 70,000 pollinator-friendly gardens, which is about the size of 20 hockey rinks! Let’s add to that total and get planting your own pollinator-friendly garden for free this National Planting Week.
Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Bees Matter and compensation was received. I am responsible for the contents of, views and opinions expressed on this blog and not the sponsor mentioned above.