Frequently Asked Questions
Pollinators help produce about one out of every three bites of food we eat. According to the American Beekeeping Federation, "As honey bees gather pollen and nectar for their survival, they pollinate crops such as apples, cranberries, melons and broccoli. Some crops, including blueberries and cherries, are 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination; one crop, almonds, depends entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time." On the business side that's billions and billions of dollars! Plus where would Pooh Bear be without his honey? Oh, dear.
Here are some great resources on the web that are not affiliated to the project.
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone video: http://youtu.be/nO13k2TnNhc
Honey Bee Mystery: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/animalsnature/honey-bee-mystery/
Bee Smart School Garden Kit: http://pollinator.org/beesmart_about.htm
Current news on bees: http://www.abfnet.org/index.cfm
Bee Smart pollinator gardener app: http://www.pollinator.org/beesmartapp.htm
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations paper: ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/012/i0842e/i0842e09.pdf
For bee boys and girls
So to start, there are three Types of Coverage:
1. Lush Stand (almost solid flowers) 3 Seedles per sq. ft.
2. Average Display (good coverage) 2 Seedles per sq. ft.
3. Meadow Look (scattered flowers) 1 Seedle per sq. ft.
So, if you have an area that is 10 feet x 10 feet, or 100 square feet, we recommend you scatter 100 Seedles to achieve the Meadow Look, or 300 Seedles to achieve the Lush Stand look. Keep in mind, Seedles have annual and perennial flowers, so over the perennial flowers will likely reseed themselves and your flower patch will get more dense.Last updated:
￼Although seed balls, seed bombs, and Seedles are all a combination of clay, compost, seeds, and water, Seedles are brightly colored and absolutely more fun. Beyond that they include three types of compost instead of just one, and high germination rate native wildflower seeds. And who wouldn't want to grow the rainbow?Last updated:
R￼￼￼umor (a.k.a. uncited wikipedia page) has it that ancient Egyptians used the technology. The more well known and cited user is a Japanese agriculture scientist named Masanobu Fukuoka. His book One Straw Revolution is practically legend. We suspect clay coating seeds is older than time*. (Source needed)Last updated:
We can't give away all of our secrets now, can we? We can tell you that the base is all food and food grade materials and that the color comes from oxide pigments. According to the manufacturer's website, "They are not found in the earth as natural soils, but are created using natural components such as iron or clay that are manipulated, usually by heating. The resulting shades are bright, UV resistant and have powerful tinting strength."Last updated:
Fo￼￼r months now we've been seeing the number 11 in more-than-mere-chance quantities. How many times a day do you just happen to look at your phone or some other clock reporting time with the number 11? For us it's an average of 5.
So we looked it up and it stands for idealism, vision, and intuition. Aren't those words perfect to describe our goal to grow a million wildflowers? So we fit all the quantities and rewards into multiples of 11.Last updated:
Not poisonous. In our case, Seedles are not poisonous and safe to touch. Although the base of the coating is food grade the color is derived from natural components that are not edible. See question above about coating.
Fun, easy, and safe, causing kids to play enthusiastically while parents relax with peace of mindLast updated:
1. A Seedle contains all the essential ingredients for seed germination except water. You can sow them any time and they will be protected from the elements and the birds until they get water and they are ready to grow.
2. Seedles remain dormant until they are sufficiently watered and outside temperatures have warmed enough for germination.
3. Seedles may be tossed in an empty patch, in container gardens or directly in the garden. anytime.
4. Seedles can be stored in a dry, dark, cool place for up to 3 years before planting
5. It is not recommended to bury Seedles.
6. We don't recommend breaking up the balls - they are more successful if kept intact.
7. Place Seedles in an area with well-drained soil.Last updated:
Seedles are great for backyards, front yards, and even school yards, with approval. They can also be pampered in sunny patios and kitchen windows. Some throw them in neighborhood eye sore spots like vacant lots or unmanaged medians. Never throw Seedles in wild, sensitive, or protected habitats. Definitely respect people's private property and landscaped areas. We want Seedles to increase joy, not anger or frustration.Last updated:
Ladies and gentlemen, we now have a new word for the dictionary.
To spread fun, color, and life via retro agri tech
Getting back to the question, it depends. We seeded our family's yard in 2008 and the perennial poppies and yarrows still come up every year, providing color, habitat, and soil nutrients. Depending on growing conditions and types of seeds you may Seedle once a year or once a lifetime.Last updated:
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