Bee Friendly Seeds
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It isn't difficult to make your backyard, vegetable garden or even patio space a haven for beneficial bees. You'll be helping these important insects, as well as bringing a little nature to your back door. When you attract bees to your backyard you also improve the bees' quality of life by planting a variety of plants bees just love. Think about it in terms of food: to have a strong and healthy immune system, we need variety in our diets - so do bees!
Each pack is hand folded and contains approximately 30 seeds, all sourced from old traditional open pollinated, non-hybrid varieties. These seeds have not been chemically treated or genetically engineered.
Holy Basil has slender green leaves, hairy purplish stem, musky and slightly mint scent, and is often grown in houses, gardens and near temples in India. It is said to be a tonic aiding digestion. The leaves are used for herbal tea and added to salads. In herbal medicine the distilled oil is used as an antibiotic and insect repellent. It is attractive to bees and beneficial insects. It does well in containers and is traditionally grown for good luck near the front door of the house. Holy Basil is an annual in cool areas, and a short-lived perennial in frost-free areas.
This is a very ancient herb whose name is virtually unchanged from its greek title and is even mentioned in the bible. It attracts bees and butterflies but repels the cabbage white moth. It is also an ingredient in eu de cologne and has a positive effect on the central nervous system, making it useful for lung conditions.
Beneficial Insect Mix
Colourful mix of flowers, herbs, annuals & perennials to attract insects like lace wings, lady bugs, hoverflies & bees. Promotes natural biodiversity. Includes: borage, coriander, alyssum, basil, buckwheat, carraway, cosmos, dill, marigold & sweet william.
This is tall annual growing to 900mm and is a great companion to strawberries. The plant produces blue star-shaped flowers, which are good bee forage and the young leaves can be used in salads and for garnishes. The plant is also said to possess calmative properties and ‘gladden the heart’. Also said to concentrate potassium in the body.
Bee herb" lemon balm or Melissa is a great fragrant herb with a lemon smell and flavour that can be used in teas and drinks and also is said to help with relaxation. Good in most climates although it tends to die down in winter before shooting again in Spring.
This sunflower variety produces large grey striped sunflower seeds which are perfect for human consumption & also for birds and poultry. Grows a whopping 2-2.5 metres tall, has a large yellow face & is drought tolerant. It is one of the old time favourites for the garden & the face is known to follow the sun as it moves across the sky. Easy to grow & great for bees.
The seeds are edible and deliciously nutty. Each head will bring hundreds of seeds. Nip the leaves on the lower stem to make the plant grow taller. Feed the birds morning and evening, the bees all day and give yourself a nutritious snack.
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