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"THE GREAT SUNFLOWER PROJECT" ~ Join the Hunt for Bees!

Environment  (tags: honey bees, sunflowers, conservation )

- 3846 days ago -
By watching and recording the bees at sunflowers in your garden, you can help us understand the challenges that bees are facing. We'll be sending out FREE seeds again in early Spring 2009. Just in time to plant!


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. (0)
Sunday January 4, 2009, 12:00 pm
Thank you Vicky I have my seeds comming to me. I plant them every year any way so this way I will have more for them. Great news Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 4, 2009, 12:35 pm
thank you, Vicky :)
I signed up

Kari D (192)
Sunday January 4, 2009, 12:53 pm
didn't sign up-no garden to plant them, but gladly noted & pased on :0)

Dusty K (1339)
Sunday January 4, 2009, 2:11 pm
thanks Vicky....will do. Gotta save the bees. I use honey instead of sugar.......

Barb K (1678)
Sunday January 4, 2009, 4:48 pm
Thanks Vicky, I signed up and passed on.

Vivian F (487)
Sunday January 4, 2009, 7:29 pm
Thanks in advance to everyone who signs up and/or notes the story. I pray the 'why' of the bee's collapse will be discovered and 'fixed'.

catherine g (120)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 9:13 am
i am an apiarist, and i can tell you for sure the bees are in trouble. first the varroa mite, and now hive collapse. i am very worried about their future. i will be disking up my lawn this spring, and in place of the environmentally unfriendly grass i will be planting dutch clover. mow it once or twice a year, and the bees love the little white blossoms ~

long live the intricate, beautiful, hardworking honey bee! bless them, for they are hardworking ladies and so needed, the number one pollinators ~

catherine g (120)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 9:27 am
if you can, plant thyme, any variety. thyme can be found at most garden stores and even at big stores like meijer (for those of you in the midwest). thyme is a perennial, easy to plant, easy to maintain, doesn't require a lot of space, fragrant and beautiful, and can be grown in a window box, a small patch of land, between rocks, or even as a pathway (who needs concrete anyway!), and thyme rewards you with all sorts of household, kitchen and medicinal uses ~

too, bee balm, lemon balm, marjoram, basil ~ all bee magnets. get rid of the grass!!! ~

Debra L (5)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 12:23 pm
I have been working on creating Bee/Butterfly friendly gardens the last three summers. I LOVE Bee Balm, have in pink and red, transplanting all over the area now and we buy at least two new perenials every summer to help feed the "masses". I'm just learning about the uses of all the herbs I've been planting. Last summer I was thrilled to see monarch catapillers munching on our Fennell. I signed up but I'll buy my own sun flower seeds, helps feed the birds too!

Vivian F (487)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 2:18 pm
Thanks Catherine on all those wonderful tips! How wonderful you are planting Dutch Clover...I never knew about it so I appreciate the tip. Catherine, I, too, have been planting butterfly and bee friendly gardens for the past few seasons. Every butterfly site I went to said that Milkweed was the only plant a monarch butterfly lays her eggs on. However I guess there are lots more plants she eats. :) Here is a great site where you can order the seeds. (LIVE MONARCH.ORG)

Eileen M. (0)
Monday September 12, 2011, 2:29 pm
I am a beekeeper and I have witnessed 3 ofmy hives just dissappear for no apparent reason. We need the government to take more action and find out what is happening to the bees before it is too late. No bees = no food exceptfor corn, wheat & rice. NO veges fruit, nuts
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