The bees are in trouble and with spring coming there is a chance to help them.

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 2: Compost and pots.

Picture of Compost and pots.
I bought some compost ( a grow bag seemed the most inexpensive way.)

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.

I kept these outside, high up on a table to fool the slugs.

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.
kameokid11 months ago

I have been planting sunflowers for years in my yard. I like the colored ones but plant the big ones too. Giving them away isn't as easy. Some of my work friends liked them.

FriendOfHumanity (author)  kameokid11 months ago

Dear Kameokid,

I grew some dwarf red sunflowers once but conversely I prefer the fun of the tall ones.

I guess I was lucky when I was giving them away ( I didn't give people much choice; I mostly just dumped them on their doorstep) but I did find that people who were on the more elderly end of the scale and people with young children liked to receive the plants the most.

Thanks for commenting.

Thanks what a nice idea.
Lectric Wizard11 months ago


and of course NO PESTICIDES / HERBICDES of any kind folks !!!

FriendOfHumanity (author)  Lectric Wizard11 months ago

Thanks for the comment.

There are a few alternatives to pesticides here.

Mielameri11 months ago
What an awesome idea! Maybe you should include something in your note about how all those fertilizers we put on lawns are a big culprit in killing the bees?
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Mielameri11 months ago

Dear Mielameri,


I couldn't find too much about lawn fertilizers killing bees ( feel free to add a link) but while looking, I found some very sad stuff about Monsanto using fertilizer that kills hives off.

I've added the link in the first step.

Wolfbane22111 months ago
This is really cool! I have two large beehives and one small one.
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Wolfbane22111 months ago


How excellent to have bee hives.

jbezbo11 months ago
this is such a simple and inspiring idea, bees are so important to humanity with out them we quiet possibly starve. nice work absolutley love it cheers
FriendOfHumanity (author)  jbezbo11 months ago

Yes , it's amazing just how vital the bees are.

I'm glad that you liked it.

gator23511 months ago

Quite a wonderful idea!

FriendOfHumanity (author)  gator23511 months ago
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Fikjast Scott11 months ago

I am so glad you did this. Great job, great pictures.

FriendOfHumanity (author)  Fikjast Scott11 months ago

Dear Fikjast,

Thanks for the nice comments.

Gabeuse11 months ago
I want you to be my neighbour!
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Tex Arcana11 months ago
Fantastic! thank you for helping the bees!
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Tex Arcana11 months ago


dpinmt11 months ago
I love this, I will be starting seeds soon.
FriendOfHumanity (author)  dpinmt11 months ago

Excellent; just be careful of slugs; they seem to love munching the little seedlings.

knitwitcharm11 months ago

This is a great idea but how are bees in trouble?

FriendOfHumanity (author)  knitwitcharm11 months ago


Many reasons:

Pollution, pesticides, parasites, fungi, climate change and habitat loss.

"In some areas, losses of honeybees are reported to be as high as 75 percent."

There are a few links on the first step but here is one to give you a flavour.

Kind Regards


Wow. I had no idea. I'm glad that my family has a bunch of flowers each spring that attract tons of bees. I didn't know what a big help such a simple thing can be.