Since 2006 we have heard about the unfortunate loss of honey bee colonies in North America and elsewhere. The decline in the number of bees is both shocking and frightening and blamed on a number of causes.
I want to emphasize that every single gardener can make a difference! Even if you plant just one more container of flowers than you have in previous years, you can help! The Herb Cottage has a lot of appropriate varieties to help you help the bees! Many of the packets that attract bees are marked as such!
Plant flowers with open petals and upright stamens for easy access by our pollen-loving friends (Cosmos, Coneflowers).Choose flowers that are heavy pollen producers (penstemon, salvia).Some herbs provide food for insects as well as humans so add them to your garden also (Oregano).Limit or eliminate pesticide usage.Plant cover crops and use compost rather than relying on synthetic fertilizers.Make sure your garden blooms from very early spring to late fall to provide food as long as possible.If you have open spaces like fields, road sides, etc. plant with native wildflower mixes.Provide shelter from the elements such as standing grasses, flower stalks, shrubs, etc. Not all weeds need to be eradicated; see if the bees and butterflies are enjoying the buffet they offer and if they are, leave them be!
And remember, all of the seeds at The Herb Cottage are NON - Gmo and none of the seeds are treated with pesticides!
Mexican Mint Marigold thrives in the hot, humid South, where many herbs languish, its small, bright flowers blossom in fall when other herbs have played out for the season, its licorice-anise flavor is a successful stand-in for French tarragon, and it looks good in the garden.
Cindy Meredith's insight:
Wonderful article on Mexican Mint Marigold, it's many uses and how to grow it.
One of the largest wholesale greenhouse growers in the country growing and supplying a full range of edible herbs, fruits and vegetables. High quality, indoor, fresh cut and potted herbs include basil, mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, parsley, chives, and oregano.
Cindy Meredith's insight:
Easy to understand info on some of the most common herbs used in our kitchens. Nice digital format, too!
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