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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
 - at least 2 species must bloom in spring, 2 in summer and 2 in fall to give a 3 season planting
 - 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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I planted some flower seeds for pollinators.

I was lucky enough to bike over to the garden store down the street before...and found this packet of seeds for pollinators. The packet says It contains:

- Siberian wallflower ( May - June)
- Chinese forget-me-not (May - June)
- China aster (Aug - Sep)
- Purple coneflower (June - Oct)
- Blue flax (Apr - June)
- Lanceleaf coreopsis (Apr - July)
- Indian blanket (June - Frost)
- Corn Poppy (Apr - Jun)
- Basil (June - Frost)
- Sweet Mignonette (May - June)
- Lacy Phacelia (Apr - Jun)
- Plains coreopsis (Apr - Jun)

Bloom times from mobot.org where possible

The packet claims it had 50,000 seeds. I don't know about that, but I think that means it for sure contained at least 200.

Planting video:
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Packet front
Packet front
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Packet contents
Packet contents
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Probably 200 seeds, 6 cup container
Probably 200 seeds, 6 cup container
Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

I hereby certify that this Badge bit is complete!

 
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Today I did this BB!!!  I planted a bunch of seed packets and gifted/traded seeds from other folks.  Here's a list of the seeds:
Blue Curled Scotch Kale - summer
Marigolds - summer/fall
Purple coneflower - summer/fall
Cosmos - summer/fall
Painted tongue - fall
Borage - summer
Lupine - spring/summer
Delphinium - early summer
Foxglove - early summer
Icelandic poppy - beats me
Partridge pea - summer
Hollyhock - summer
Bachelor buttons - beats me
Black eyed susans - summer
Hyssop - summer/fall
2.5' multiflower sunflower - summer/fall
Frenchie's giant yellow hyssop - summer

In my climate, "early summer" is as good as we get for "spring"

[youtube]https://youtu.be/lugF3a5_0uo [/youtube]
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Pile of seed containers
Pile of seed containers
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Well over 200 seeds
Well over 200 seeds
 
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