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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will be making a three season nectar harvest for honey bees and other pollinators.


Here are some articles on it:
 - Pollinator Friendly Garden
 - Gardening for Pollinators
 - Year Round Pollinator Garden
 - Year Round Wildlife Habitat for Zones 6-8
 - Year Round Wildlife Habitat for Zones 9-11

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must plant at least 12 species of flowering plants
 - you must plant at least 200 seeds

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a list of the 12 species of flowering plants you are planting and mention when they bloom
 - post a picture that obviously has 200 or more seeds
 - post a short video (less that two minutes - sped up) showing these 200 seeds being planted
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I'm using Northwest Meadowscapes Native Pollinator Seed Mix, which is 100% native plants:

Annual Wildflowers 29%

Douglas Meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglasii), Large Flower Collomia (Collomia grandiflora), Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata), Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena), Wine Cup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea), Diamond Clarkia (Clarkia rhomboidea), Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta)

Perennial Wildflowers 39%

Springbank Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii), Douglas aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum), Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Western Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Large Camas (Camassia leichtinii), Puget Sound Gumweed (Grindelia integrifolia), Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), Riverbank Lupine (Lupinus rivularis), Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Bigleaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus), Meadow Checkermallow (Sidalcea campestris), Meriwhether Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata 'Meriwhether'), Western Columbine (Aquilegia formosa), Prairie Cinquefoil (Potentilla gracilis), Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium), Nettleleaf Giant Hyssop (Agastache urticifolia) Showy Fleabane (Erigeron speciosus), Wooly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)

Grasses 32%

Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha), Roemer’s Fescue (Festuca romerii), Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa), Meadow Barley (Horedum brachyantherum)

Here's my really clumsy video of me sewing the seeds. I've actually been sewing seeds here since before our big snow in February, in hopes that successive seedings would end up meeting the needs of all the different varieties of wild flowers.

And here's the bloom time for 12 of the varieties:

  - Douglas Meadowfoam: March-May
  - Large Flower Collomia: April-July
  - Globe Gilia: May-Jul
  - Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena): June-August
  - Wine Cup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea): April-July
  - Diamond Clarkia (Clarkia rhomboidea): June-July
  - Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta): May-July
  - Springbank Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii): May-September
  - Douglas aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum): July-September
  - Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris): May-September
  - Western Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): April-September
  - Large Camas (Camassia leichtinii): May-June
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Staff note (Dave Burton):

I certify this BB as complete!

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