DIY Seeds for Tomorrow Shaker; planting for pollinators
As a beekeeper and a avid gardener, I realize the importance for both (plants and bees) in my existence. But not just my existence, that of the human race as well. Almost 90 percent of the world’s flowering species require insects or other animals for pollination. What will happen to our food supply if the decline of pollinators continue to persist?
How pollination works; When pollen from a plant’s stamen is transferred to that same plant’s stigma, it is called self-pollination. When pollen from a plant’s stamen is transferred to a different plant’s stigma, it is called cross-pollination. Cross-pollination produces stronger plants. Most plants are pollinated without any help from people, usually plants rely on animals or the wind to pollinate them such as as bees, butterflies, moths, flies, and hummingbirds. Insects and birds do not intentionally pollinate plants, they are there for the nectar- the sweet fluid provided by mother nature for their survival.
We have all heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (CDC) and the disappearance of our honey bees and butterflies, but those are just the few species that have been studied for their decline. More than 100,000 different animal species – and perhaps as many as 200,000 – play roles in pollinating the 250,000 kinds of flowering plants on this planet, and they are all at risk.
At risk from what? From us, plain and simple. From our consumerism, our chemical usage, our lack of respect for mother nature and our need for industrialization.
I am all for technology, heck, I’m on the computer right now. But I also am for supporting that which supports us, that sustains us and that helps us live a quality life. We can’t do it without them so we need to do what we can to help them.
By far this little invention idea of mine, Seeds for Tomorrow Shaker, will not save the planet or the 250,000 different pollinators out there, but it is something. It is a step forward and a start in the right direction, and it is something that everyone can do no matter where they live.
DIY Seeds of Tomorrow Shaker
Here is the concept; we are all going to become like Johnny Appleseed and sow seeds for pollinators wherever we travel to. When you go for a bike ride, on a walk, to the store, on a picnic, wherever you go, take your Seeds for Tomorrow Shaker and spread the seeds for tomorrow.
DIY Seeds for Tomorrow Shaker Supplies
- Random open-pollinated, Non-GMO seeds (this is VERY important)
- Glass mason jar or spice shaker. I use a 4oz mason jar
- Parmesan cheese lid- they fit most mason jars and have a shaker built right in.
DIY Seeds for Tomorrow Shaker Directions
- Make sure container is clean and dry
- Pour seeds in container
- Screw lid on tight
- Spread seeds out wherever you travel to. By bike paths, in the woods, along roads, everywhere there is soil.
- Let nature do the rest.
Where to get seeds for cheap or FREE
End of season sales. At the end of every season there are places practically giving away seeds. Last year I bought 100 packets for $.02 each!
Neighbors. Ask a neighbor who gardens if they have any seeds left over from the year before that they aren’t using.
From your food. You can save the seeds from the food you eat (cucumbers, melons, peppers, and so on), dry them and sow them.
From your garden. At the end of a plants life or during it’s life-cycle, it will bolt and go to seed. Collect these seeds to sow.
Seed Swap or Seed Library. To find a seed library near you, click here.