Saturday, June 13, 2015
perfect bee-friendly garden
Kristina Matisic, SPCA Vancouver
Columbians are encouraged to plant bee-friendly plants and flowers in their
backyards and flower boxes this month. This will not only make their gardens
flourish, but also help combat a growing global concern - diminishing bee
Bees are responsible for pollinating 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of our
wild flowers, bringing everything from broccoli to blueberries to almonds to
“In addition to fruits and vegetables, bees also love various herbs like
basil, oregano and thyme, all perfect for the burgeoning home chef and even
for those with limited green space,” says BCSPCA general manager of
community relations, Lorie Chortyk.
Flowers that draw bees include honeysuckle, sunflowers and black-eyed susans.
Even the less industrious gardener can help make a difference by leaving
dandelions, milkweed and goldenrod for bees to feed.
And here’s an added tip – bees have excellent colour vision. So planting a
vivid array of native and heirloom plants and flowers is the perfect way to
brighten your outdoor space and attract these busy pollinators.
Planting bee friendly plants and flowers is just one of the BC SPCA’s
suggested acts of kindness featured in the year long million acts of
kindness campaign. It invites all animal lovers to join together to carry
out a million acts of kindness for companion, farm and wild animals in 2015.
Each week, the www.millionacts.ca
website features a new act of kindness for animals - participants can choose
to do one act or challenge themselves to do more.
“Every act makes an incredible difference for the animals,” says Chortyk.
“And as this act shows, the effects of some of our initiatives can go beyond
our immediate community and can even have a positive effect on the whole
Sign up now at www.millionacts.ca
and share the link with your family and friends. If one kind act can change
the life of an animal forever, imagine what a million acts will do!
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