Get Buzzing with Simple Ways to Help the Bee Population

It’s February, which means that we’ve nearly arrived to the official spring season (finally). It also means that if you’re a gardener, you may be itching to get back outside and begin tilling the soil and planting once again. However, in the midst of all of the greenery reviving itself, weeds will also begin sprouting up! One of the most notorious culprits that will begin cropping up in the month of February are dandelions. But what harm do these vibrant yellow little flowers actually cause? It turns out that in fact, they may do a lot more good than we may realise. 

It’s especially in these early weeks of the changing seasons that the prevalence of so-called “weeds” like dandelions can make a big impact. February is the time when early pollinators begin to rise out of hibernation. This includes species like solitary bees, honey bees and hoverflies. These dandelions can serve as a critical food source for early pollinators, especially since they are prevalent before most other flowers are planted. According to an article by The Guardian, “each dandelion head contains up to 100 individual flowers, known as florets, which contain nectar and pollen.” That can make a significant meal for bees, whose population numbers are currently struggling. Most of this population loss is attributed to parasites and pathogens, insecticides used by the agriculture industry, as well as climate change.  

How You Can Help

So, before you decide to mow over or pull out those dandelions in your garden, take a moment to weigh out the positives versus the negatives of simply letting be. Remember just how beneficial these tiny flowers can be to creatures that can use all of the help that they can get to maintain healthy population levels.  It’s also worthwhile to remember how remarkable of an impact that pollinating insects like bees have on the wellbeing of crops, which directly impacts our supply chain of food.  

If you want to go an extra step to help out these hungry pollinators, try to plant more flowers with exposed pollen and nectar parts. These are typically much easier for pollinating insects to eat from, as opposed to more “pompom” shaped flowers like Dahlias.  

The Benefits of Our Bee Mix

Believe it or not, you can make a positive impact for the bees by way of marketing promotions, as well. BuddyBurst offers a variety of promotional products with seed mixes that are specially designed with bees in mind. Try our Bee Mix Seedballs; notable brands like BNP Paribas have already found success in using these guerilla gardening products in what we call our “Bee Mix.” Seedballs can be thrown onto literally any soil, and after they’re scattered, they simply need to be watered. Nature will handle the rest, and an array of wildflowers that bees will love will be sprouted in no time.  

To have a look through our wide range of seeded and eco-friendly products, visit buddyburst.com. 

Eco-Friendly Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day

What better time is there to celebrate love than during the Valentine’s season?  That being said, there is definitely a balance to strike in between the true purpose of Valentine’s Day – appreciating love and your loved ones – and showing that appreciation with gifts that won’t harm or pollute the Earth. We’re featuring a variety of products and ideas that merge the loving spirit of Valentine’s Day with products that you can feel good about – because they’re good for the Earth!   

But first, to fully appreciate Valentine’s Day, let’s delve into its origins, as reported by Britannica.com. The mid-February celebrations can actually be traced all of way back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which celebrated fertility, paired men off with women based on a lottery system. It wouldn’t be until the end of the 5th century when Christianity was in full-swing that Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. Naturally, Valentine was a popular name in the olden days, so nobody is quite sure just which acclaimed Valentine the day is named after. One version of the legend claims that a priest named Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to a woman he had befriended and by some accounts, healed of her blindness.  Thus came the birth of Valentine’s cards! The other commonly accepted origin story is that a priest named Valentine married couples in secret against the orders of the emperor. The marriages were done to spare husbands from having to go off to war leaving their loved ones. Either theory is quite lovely, and supports why St. Valentine’s Day is associated with love.  

 So, now that we’ve had a bit of history lesson, let’s fast forward to the 2020s. As you know, the environment isn’t in a great place right now. Between climate change and the ever-growing plastic waste affecting our land and ocean environments, it’s important for each of us to do everything in our power to be more eco-friendly, and reduce the use of single-use plastics. While yes, most Valentine’s Day cards are paper rather than plastic, it still takes lots of energy to recycle paper. Plus, a lot of the paper cards outfitted with glitter and metallics actually are less likely to be recyclable. There are still material alternatives that are kinder to the Earth, and we’re pleased to share some of those with you.  

Growing Greetings Love Cards 

There’s nothing quite like a proper Valentine’s card that is sent via snail mail. While paper cards tend to be unsustainable, our Growing Greetings cards have a little something extra that makes them especially eco-friendly, and fantastic for direct mail campaigns. Every card contains a package of seeds that can grow into edible microgreens and are ready to eat in just 7-10 days. The cards can be printed with any design of your choice, and feature a hemp mat for the seeds to sow. We use only organic seeds and recycled materials to make these unique, eco-friendly greeting cards. After all, what says “I love you” more than fresh microgreens? 

 

Heart Seedsticks 

Our heart-shaped Seedsticks™ don’t just make the perfect Valentine’s greeting, but they double as a very long-lasting bouquet, as well. The Seedsticks are able to be planted to grow into whatever seed they are filled with. For an added love-themed touch, we recommend the use of our Nigella Love-In-A-Mist flower seeds. We also strive for all of our printing to be as green as possible, making a more eco-friendly product for you. Not only are our printers certified to ISO14001 environmental standard, but they are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).  

 

The Growbar

 

One of our newest products, the Growbar has all the fun of giving a sweet Valentine’s chocolatey treat with none of the calories! Growbars are styled to look like chocolate bars and although not edible straight out of the box; many varieties include edible plantsEvery Growbar contains a themed seed collection within fertile coir bars. The bar just needs to be unwrapped, popped into a tray, and be watered. Within just 6-8 weeks, healthy seedlings will be growing,  and will be ready to plant in pots or in the garden. The coolest part? The Growbar is 100% eco-friendly, as the coir is made with coconut fibres a sustainable alternative to peat. The film wrap is recyclable, and made from sugar cane, which is 100% biodegradable. Even the card packaging is recyclable. 

 

No matter how you decide to show the love this Valentine’s Day, we urge you to try to do it in the most eco-friendly way possible.