I learned something new today that I thought was worth sharing!
Apparently, those so-called “pesky” dandelions deserve a gold medal for the role they play in kickstarting the food cycle in spring after a long winter (particularly in Pittsburgh, PA, a Northeast/Midwest area with brutal winters!). Did you know that dandelions are one of the first links in that magical chain of events that brings food to our gardens and dinner to our tables? That’s right! This sunny flower is one of the first spring foods for bees. If bees survive the winter, they look to dandelions and other wildflowers for nutrition — so they can begin the work of pollinating our fruits and vegetables. I may be a little late in getting around to planting my cold season crops – or any crops for that matter – but, I sure want a lot of bees around once they’re in the ground and ready!
And, as you know, the bees are in a pickle right now. Their population is dwindling. So, let’s not kill off anything that helps the bees. Which means, leave those dandelions alone just a bit longer while the other flowers that offer bees pollen get established.
And TAKE ACTION TO SAVE THE BEES concerning neonicotinoid pesticides use:
- Tell Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling plants pre-treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.
- Ask your Congressional Representatives to support H.R. 2692 to ban neon’s.
I took a few minutes from my day to try to make a difference – won’t you?!