Blake Legacy Day 2019

Receive a pollinator pack from Blake Legacy Day?
Here's everything you need to know!
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In order to keep the bees in your bee home safe, there's a little bit of quick and simple maintenance that occasionally needs to be done. Please see our advanced solitary bee home maintenance instructions.

BEE HOUSE MAINTENANCE
BEE HOUSE MAINTENANCE

There are a few guidelines to consider when placing your bee house. The actual mounting style is up to you! Fence post? Chain? Tree? So long as the placement guidelines are met, you can get creative with your mounting!

BEE HOUSE INSTALLATION
BEE HOUSE INSTALLATION

Please register your bee house! Registering shows your membership in our globally registered community of pollinator advocates! When you register your bee house with us (for free!), you'll get a spot on the map page of this site, along with a welcome packet sent to you in the mail!

BEE HOUSE REGISTRATION
BEE HOUSE REGISTRATION

Included in your pollinator pack is a seed bomb. Your seed bomb contains native pollinator-friendly plants that will provide a healthy food source for your local pollinators! Here's what you need to know about your seed bomb.

SEED BOMB
INFORMATION
SEED BOMB
INFORMATION
Questions? Email us!

Seed Bomb Information

 

Compiled by Pollinate Minnesota. Adapted from Prairie Moon Nursery and Plantables.

WHAT ARE SEED BOMBS?

Seed bombs are little balls of seed, rolled in clay and a little soil.  They’re an easy way to plant seeds, which grow into native flowers to help feed our hungry pollinators. 

Your seed bomb may include these MN-native, pollinator-friendly seeds!

  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) 

  • Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) 

  • Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

  • Butterfly Weed - (Asclepias tuberosa)

  • Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS

Plant your seed bomb somewhere with at least 4 hours of full sun and medium soil (not too wet or too dry). You don’t need to bury your seed bomb; just place it on the soil where you want it to grow. The native plant varieties in your seed bomb are good at growing here once they’re established. You can help them get established by removing any existing vegetation that will compete with your young plants.

 

Plants native to Minnesota need cold, dormant periods (our winter!) in order to germinate. Plant your seed bomb this fall for germination next year. The cold is necessary for the seed to grow and any snow will help break down the seed bomb and disperse the seed.

 

If not planting this fall, store your seed bombs in a garage or outside so they have a dormant, cold period and will germinate.  Water your seed bombs after you plant them in the spring.

(Optional) Register your pollinator garden! Once you’ve planted your seed bomb, visit the Xerces Society’s website to take their Pollinator Protection Pledge and register your garden.  Registering your garden connects your work and care for pollinators with national and state-wide efforts.