Now, we're patiently waiting and watching as the tender, but tenacious, seeds sprout and grow.
We avoided planting any seeds or plants in our gardens that were treated with neonics. The problem with neonicotinoids is that they act as a nerve poison. This causes disorientation in bees, adversely affecting their homing instincts, which means they cannot find their way back to their hives. And if they do arrive back at the hive, they come back with pesticide-laden pollen and nectar. The results, since the EPA approved the use of neonics, has been widespread bee colony collapse.
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I also put out two saucers of river rocks and colorful glass and filled them with just a bit of water so the pollinators have fresh water every day. And, we're only planting plants and seeds not treated with neonicotinoids.
So, here are the 5 tips I promised you:
- Plant a bee-friendly garden. (Ask, ask, ask about neonicotinoids before you buy!)
- Avoid products like Roundup and other toxic pesticides and insecticides.
- Add a bee house to your garden/yard.
- Add a water supply source. Click here for an example.
- Go organic -- from compost to garden soil, keep it organic and toxin-free.
Keeping it green in the garden,