This project began with the idea of just taking some sunflowers into the barren, concrete yard at work to attract bees; but because I had 57 seeds left over it became a bigger project to get every one around me to nurture a sunflower.
The bees have many problems but perhaps the simplest thing that we can all do to help the bees is to plant some things that they like.
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Step 1: Buying seeds
The guy selling them was not doing it for profit, he just grows them because he enjoys it.
Step 2: Compost and pots.
Next, I gathered 60 of my empty houmous pots ( I do eat a lot of houmous ) and filled them with compost, with a seed in each pot.
Remember to put in large holes in the base for drainage ( or slit the side of the pot).
Step 3: The seedlings.
They quickly germinated.
I noticed that the root was curling up at the base of these small pots so I transfered some to newspaper pots.
During this process I read that the seedlings do not like to be disturbed, so I left the rest of them alone ( but the disturbed ones turned out ok).
I also read that bees are sensitive to the metals that are contained in coloured inks so I stopped making newspaper pots because I could not find any newspapers without coloured inks.