Bee health is top of mind for many, but seeing as it’s such a complex issue, it can be hard to know what to do to help. A new national program, “Buzzing Gardens,” launched by Bees Matter, is making it easier for all Canadians to provide bees and other pollinators with the nutrition they need, while simultaneously putting some colour back into the landscape.
“As we feed a growing population both at home and around the world, the agricultural community recognizes the importance of pollinators, like honey bees, who are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat,” said Greg Sekulic, Bees Matter spokesperson. “The Buzzing Gardens program is our way of helping Canadians get involved in supporting honey bees, just as the agriculture community has always done.”
— Gregory Sekulic (@SekulicCCC) June 3, 2015
Those who visit www.beesmatter.ca can sign up for a packet of seeds containing a mixture of: sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), golden tickseed (Coreopsis tinctoria), lance-leaved coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), new england aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and dense blazing star (Liatris spicata). Chosen for their relative ease of care, and approved by Pollinator Partnership Canada, the packets will cover 5 sq. ft. of garden.
Bees Matter is the result of a collaboration between Bayer CropScience, Canadian Hortticultural Council, Canola Council of Canada, CropLife Canada, Canadian Seed Trade Association, Grain Farmers of Ontario and Syngenta.