is UN World Bee Day. Below are resources
for you to learn more about bees and plants for many pollinators, including
moths, flies, wasps and hummingbirds.
protect yourself and our environment, try to avoid all insecticides, pesticides,
herbicides, and fertilizers. Even with
compost, avoid products made from chicken manure, soybean, or cotton hulls. Neonicotinoids, an insecticide contributing
to decline in pollinators an be found in nuts, corn, canola, and wheat, among other crops. Even your pet may be exposed to
neonicotinoids through their flea collars or an oral flea product called Nitenpryam (Capstar).
is a link to a list of other pesticides killing pollinators.
all labels. Don’t be tricked by plant
feeding products such as Miracle Gro or Bayer’s line of “all in one” for roses and flowers that may contain
restricted or harmful ingredients.
purchasing a product, look up its MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). OSHA requires that a manufacturer, distributor or importer
of a hazardous chemical provide an MSDS “for each hazardous chemical to
downstream users to communicate information on these hazards.” https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3514.html
may have to dig around to find them, but this information must be available for
the public to read.
of the most common reason people spray is aphids. Ladybugs and bushtits, a little gray bird,
love to eat aphids! So if the aphids are
not damaging your plant, be patient and leave this food source alone. If the aphids start to get out of control,
spray them off with water. Look for
other alternatives before using toxic chemicals.
is still time to plant many flowers, herbs and crops. Purchase organic seeds from companies such as
Sow True Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Wild Garden Seeds, Wood
Prairie Farm, High Desert Seed and Garden, and Adaptive Seeds. Plant for life!