Neonicotinoid Free Seeds

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SPRING into Action

Mama Nature keeps teasing us with her room temp breezes and beaming rays. I see a lot of Calgarian’s have spring on their mind. Even now, short shorts are in full bloom. Sweaty eyebrow season is almost upon us people!

Aside from showing our pasty gams, we should also start rearing a brighter season in terms of bugs AND plants.


Mo Plants Mo Bugs
Mo Bugs Mo Plants

GARDEN PREPARATION starts with SEEDS

Shopping for seeds just got fun, make sure they are bee-friendly. Start with places like Community Natural Foods and Sunnyside Natural Market. Mackenzie seed supplier offers organic and can be purchased at Sunnyside Garden center. AVOID cheap seeds, especially from Home Depot and even if purchased from a garden center like Golden Acre, be sure to read the package. Make sure the seeds are NON-GMO. Examples of certified organic seeds are; Rene’s Garden, Heirloom and Cornucopia.

Go organic whenever possible and say no to GMO seeds if they’ve been soaked in chemicals.

WHAT PLANTS DO BEES LIKE?

HERBS                                                    
Lavender
Catmint
Sage
Thyme
Cilantro
Fennel
Barrage
Rosemary
Lavender
Mint

PERENNIALS
Crocus
Buttercup
Aster
Hollyhocks
Anemone
Snowdrops
Geranium
Dahlias
Foxglove
Irish Ivy

ANNUALS
Calendula
Sweet Asylum
Poppy
Sunflower
Zinnia
Cleome
Heliotrope
Clover
Marigolds

BUSHES
Blueberry
Butterfly
Button
Honeysuckle
Indigo
Privet

FRUIT & VEG
Blackberry
Cantaloupe
Cucumber
Wild Garlic
Pumpkin
Strawberries
Watermelon
Squash
Raspberries
Peppers

Native plants attract native bees and exotic plants attract honeybees.

In order to sustain a neonic free garden we’ve gotta source where our seeds come from. Alternatively, we can grow plants ourselves to collect chemical free seeds. In the end, it means healthy bees and that makes it all worth it.

Reminder: Bees depend on dandelions for their first nectar source. STOP KILLING THEM, please.

Check out Organic Alberta  to learn more about ethical gardening.