Did you know that there are over 20,000 species of bees in the world? That's a lot of bees! And, did you know that bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat? That's a lot of important work! With so much on the line, it is crucial that we continue to work towards saving the bees. And if that doesn't feel like enough to manage, there are many other pollinators that help with seed production and plant growth.
The importance of pollinators cannot be overstated. More than 85% of all flowering plants are dependent on animals to transfer pollen to other flowers in order for them to reproduce. This means that without the help of bees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, beetles, flies, and many other insects these plants could die out. Around 75% of all food crops rely on pollinators to some degree. In fact, over 300 different fruit and vegetable crops are pollinated by bees alone!
Unfortunately, these helpful insects are disappearing due to pesticides, loss of habitat, drought, and poor nutrition. If we don't take action to save these pollinators, our world will suffer from a loss of food production and genetic diversity. Luckily, there are simple ways that you can help revive the bee population in your own backyard, patio, or door stoop.
Pollinator gardens are filled with flowers that provide nectar, pollen, and shelter plants for the bees. Native wildflowers are a great choice because bees are more likely to visit native flowers.
You also want to consider having a mix of wildflowers that bloom at different times throughout the year. This will ensure that there is always food available for the bees to eat. You may be wondering how to get started with your own pollinator garden. Our wildflower seed balls are a great place to start!
Our pollinator seed balls are an easy way to get started with a pollinator garden. They are made of native clay and the perfect mix of wildflower seeds specifically for pollinators.