We have an exciting announcement… we’ve started putting wildflower seeds inside your orders! Whenever you receive a parcel from us, you’ll get a little packet of seeds with instructions on how to plant and grow them.
One of the reasons we wanted to do this (other than to give you a nice surprise) is to help take care of the bee population. Right now, bees and other plant pollinators are in decline, which has a negative effect on the environment.
You may think that all bees do is make honey, but actually they're a vital part of our ecosystem. Bees pollinate over 80% of the wildflowers in Europe, not to mention many of the plants we eat, so without them, our diets would look a lot different.
The fact that bees are dying out is an indication that our ecosystem is in bad shape, so it’s really important that we prioritize taking care of them. The best way to do this is to make sure there’s plenty of pollen for bees to eat. Many wildflowers are rich in pollen, so by planting them, you’re giving bees the food they need to survive.
The great thing about wildflowers is that they’re easy to grow and maintain, plus they’re resilient to pests. This means that you can plant them anywhere in the wild - as the name suggests. So, if you don’t have a garden, you can take them to a field or a plot of land to plant them there instead (just make sure you get permission first!)
Plant your wildflowers by sowing the seeds in fine soil, and watch them flower between the months of April and June. Keep them well watered, then when they start springing up, thin the stems as necessary to make sure they’re not overcrowded. Be sure you don’t use any pesticides when you grow them as certain chemicals can actually kill bees.
We hope you enjoy the flowers, Leopards! Be sure to send us photos of them in bloom.