Organic Garden Seeds And Bulbs Are Best For Bees

If you’d like to help the bees by establishing a bee garden, I recommend you look for organic garden seeds, bulbs and plants wherever possible.

The reason for this is to ensure they have not been coated or cultivated using pesticides, and to avoid the possibility of contamination with GMO.



In addition, do look for Non-Hybrid or Open-Pollinated seeds and plants if you can – plants from these seeds are better for bees and other pollinators.

Growing non-hybrid seeds also means you can collect the seeds from the plants, store them, and replant them for the future.

Why We Need To Choose Organic Garden Seeds And Non-Hybrid Seeds

I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming increasingly concerned about two issues in relation to seeds, food and the environment.

    1. Too much of the world’s seed supply is in just a few hands! According to ETC Group, 67% of the global proprietary seed market is owned by the top 10 seed companies, and 47% is owned by Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta. Take a look at this interesting report by clicking here (opens a new window).

    2. The loss of biodiversity through focus on F1 hybrids that are commonly planted into our gardens, and the general ignorance about what this means in terms of risk of species loss, inability to collect quality seeds (and ultimately, the dependence on big corporations for seeds) and their decreasing value of F1 hybrids to wildlife.

These developments appear to have crept up on us, with little or no noise in the media, and few of us able to grasp the bigger picture of what is going on. And with limited awareness of the consequences of what is happening in the world of horticulture, we can see no further than “our little world” – those bargain, colourful plug plants at the store may have limited value to bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other pollinators, but they look temptingly pretty. The F1 hybrid seeds and plants are guaranteed to produce a bigger, heavier crop of fruits and flowers – so they’re a hit (although they may be nutritionally inferior to organic, heritage varieties, and the gene pool is ultimately reduced in the long term).

No, I fear the two developments of recent times are not good news! Please support suppliers of organic garden seeds, bulbs, plants and non-hybrid seeds as much as possible, because they perform an important service - for the sake of the bees, the environment and future generations.








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