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Help Protect Our Pollinators - The Bees Need Us. We Need Them, too!





Quietly, around the world,


Billions of Honey Bees and other pollinators are dying.




This is more than alarming.




This is a fact.


It threatens our crops and food supply on a global basis, and in my opinion is more of a threat to our livelihood than anything else.




A global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.


Yes, that's right.


It can make all the difference.




Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, which are called:



neonicotinoid pesticides.




There is evidence that due to the banning, some bee populations are recovering.


That's good news!




Here's the bad news...


Unfortunately, big chemical companies,


like Bayer,


(the culprit for this one, and just as insidious a corporation as)


Monsanto & Dow AgroSciences,


all of whom LOBBY really hard to keep all their killer poison pesticides on the market.




A global outcry is now on for a ban in the U.S. the E.U. where debate is raging,


and hopefully here in Canada, too.




I'm hoping this will provoke an outcry from people like me, gardeners and people of all walks of life who want a total ban on these hazzardous poisons.




This could create a ripple effect around the world. : )



Let's build a giant global buzz calling for these dangerous chemicals to beoutlawed in the U.S., Canada, and EU until and unless they are proved to be safe, and I do not believe they are.




Please consider signing a petition to save bees and other pollinators, and our crops:




The Bees need us. And, we need them just as much, if not more.




So, you ask...


What can we do in our own little way, in our own back yard, to help the Bees?


Here are some great tips & links!



1) Plant a pollinator-friendly garden





2) Don't ever use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. They do more harm than good, and are not needed.


(Except to line the pockets of big Ag and Chem's greedy pockets.)





3) Naturalize the garden. Or a part of it.


Plant native flowers in your yard.


They are suited to your area and landscape.


Native plants are partners with pollinators.





4) Become a backyard beekeeper.


I'm going to!! : )





5) Support conservation, wetland conservation, and biodiversity.


Once it's gone, that's all folks.





6) Definitely avoid industrial food and GMOs at all cost.


Who need's Monsanto's poisons? Not me! Not you, either.


So, shop locally and organically whenever possible.





7) Be a pollinator observer. I am!! And, it's fun for kids, too!


It's like a science experiment in your own back yard!





8 ) Learn more about Bees & Pollinators and why everyone needs to get involved:





9) Live sustainably. It's all connected. We're all connected.


We can't just hop skip and jump to another planet if we destroy this one.


We have to take care of it now.


Even in small ways. It adds up.




An interesting fact from Pollination Canada


"Pollinating insects are "essential for over a billion dollars of apples, pears, cucumbers, melons, berries, and many other kinds of Canadian farm produce".




That's a lot to ask of these creatures.


The least we can do in return is to NOT poison them!






More links about how to help our pollinators:





North American Pollinator Protection Campaign





Pollinator Partnership






And Don't forget to post your bee-friendly jobs, internships and volunteeropportunities with GoodWork: http://GoodWorkCanada.ca/




Again, my thanks to People and Planet Canada


Gateway to Environment and Sustainability Since 1998


Subscribe: http://www.planetfriendly.net/




Thanks for visiting! Happy Organic Gardening!



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Gardening For Butterflies - And Other Pollinators, Too!

A butterfly garden is a designed to attract and encourage butterflies.

Flowers provide food that adult butterflies need in the form of nectar. Host plants provide the food source needed by caterpillars. A rule of thumb is, the greater the variety of flowers and shrubs, the greater the amount of butterflies that will want to visit your garden!

Try creating a habitat that butterflies will be attracted to. Offer some sheltered areas, which will mean that these beautiful winged creatures will expend less energy fighting the wind. Trellises and other garden structures, as well as plants like bushes and trees will make good wind breaks.

Most importantly remember that butterflies are insects, so never use insecticides. These harmful chemicals kill the butterflies. Even products such as Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis, will kill the caterpillar of butterflies. There is much talk that this is what is killing the bee population as well. Don't use them because insecticides never discriminate. Who needs that? Please look for organic ways of handling your insect problems!. It's better for the planet.

My advice is to provide a diversity of flowers, especially ones that will bloom in succession of each other. This provides a consistant food source for the butterflies and makes good gardening sense, often being the goal of most gardeners that I know!

More importantly, however, butterflies will have a variety of sources to choose from. I prefer to encourage as many native plants as I can in the garden, which I feel is more than likely what the butterflies are seeking in their diet anyhow, since they have evolved through time with them. The butterflies will feel at home in a natural landscape. I must admit though, that annuals provide a good source of nectar to fill in between blooming times of perennial gardens. Who doesn't like to see a window box bursting with annuals? This way, everyone, including the gardener and the butterflies, are happy!

Some flowers that butterflies will appreciate:

Ageratum Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Butterfly Weed/Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) Goldenrod (Solidago) Joe-Pye Weed Privet (Ligustrum vulgare) White Clover (Trifolium repens) Hop Vine (Humulus lupulus)

Some links butterfly fans might appreciate:

* http://www.ontarioinsects.org/PhotosLeps.htm

* www.niagaraparks.com/garden/butterfly.php

* www.toronto.ca/parks/programs/butterflygdn.htm

* www.mnh.si.edu/museum/butterfly.html

* http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/projects/conference-2009/

Happy Gardening : )

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