Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Great Sunflower Project
I heard about The Great Sunflower Project from another garden blog www.worldofyardcraft.com/blog.
You may have heard about the population of bees collapsing in recent years. They are now trying to study this phenomenon in urban gardens, and environments.
If you go to The Great Sunflower Project: http://www.greatsunflower.org/- you sign up and they send you a free packet of sunflower seeds. You plant the seeds, and fill out a short questionnaire online about your garden space, which can be as small as pots on a porch. Then when the plants have grown (watch out for birds!) you go out to your spot and document how much time it takes for 5 bees land on your flowers.
Free seeds and the chance to do scientific garden research for the good of us all.
“Once we identify where bees need help, we can start improving their habitats!”
All the cool kids are doing it- you know you want to: http://www.greatsunflower.org/.
I should warn you the website is a bit slow but worth it.