Hello! My name is Debbie Mcsweeney and I am on the Board here at PFSP. I am looking forward to serving all our members and making this a great year forward for our pollinators. I wanted to share some tips to help you in all that you are doing for our bees and wild pollinators! First find a list of flowering plants that work in your area!
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Santa Rosa, California 95404
II wanted to share some tips to help you in all that you are doing for our bees and wild pollinators! First find a list of flowering plants that work in your area! This is how I found the best advice in regards to wild flowers. Also be aware of changes in the flower industry. They are now producing pollenless sunflowers! Do not buy these and start asking your growers now to bring in more pollinator friendly plants for next year. The consumer runs the markets in these areas and education is key. Let your local greenhouses know how important it is to provide more food for our bees and wild pollinators. You need to avoid flowers with double blooms--single petal varieties are better and the colors of white, yellow and blue are the best. Heirlooms are a good choice! The bees need pollen and nectar sources in Spring, Summer and Fall. One of the MOST important food sources for honey bees in the Spring when they start to build up are dandelions! Also remember that herbicides, fungicides & pesticides will all harm or kill our little friends! Education is so important--talk to your friends, neighbors and co-workers about the plight of the pollinators. It is amazing how many people do not even know there is a problem. If all of us spread the word and start educating people on what needs to change--then change will come. Remember it "takes a village"!