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