Say, you love bees…Join us in a three-pronged flower power sowing bee work party.
There is so much to share right now, but I’m sitting here with my right hand in a cast, which is made a pretty Internet-less life for me lately. Time is of the essence, so here is what is on the docket immediately:
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the lack of flowers for the bees and the spreading of bee pests as too many bees share too few flowers. If you look around you might see some lots that could be flowering with color and beauty giving native bees and honey bees a better chance for survival. With the Wee Bee Gardeners we have outlined a jump-in-when-you-can date of planting for Monday, January 16th.
Starting at the Ashby gardens on Ashby Community Garden, 1370 Ashby, between Acton& Mabel, South Berkeley, CA for some extremely local planting, at 10 AM we will refresh pollinator areas to prepare the summer for pollinator happy season, break for some snacks, then go to the bicycle path near the fire station at Murray and 90th Street, just up the street from Urban Ore for planting on the Emeryville Greenway bicycle path until 1pm. The next area will be Laney College at 1:30 PM. Join us in front of the shop departments across from the main student parking lot on 7th St., at Fallon. Three opportunities to do good work for the planet! Pick one or pick All.
The method to this madness is to take whoever shows up and sharing 45 min. of preparation which might mean breaking the soil, picking up some garbage, pulling some unwanted plants, then, 15 min. of sowing seeds, covering them lightly with compost. The more people that come, the larger the field of flowers in the spring. Bring your garden tools and if you wish to plant a carpet-sized, or bigger, patch of bee-friendly flowers in your yard or neighborhood, or ideally even bigger, we have Seeds for you. Drop a line to ACBA100th@Gmail.com
or send a posting to our mapping website: https://flowerpower.ushahidi.io/views/map
Bee-friendly flowers typically grow at different heights and have smaller flowers than hybrid flowers and take much less water, some have nematode-fighting, nitrogen fixing properties and all plants add humus to the soil as well as help hold the soil down during drought periods, even after the flowers have died.