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Feb 27th, 2020

Bee-friendly seeds: frequently asked questions

By Megan Bentall

When will I get my seeds?

All seeds will be sent out the second week of April, ready to arrive by the end of the third week of April. They’ll need to be planted outside before the end of April.

I want to order more than one pack, how can I do this?

As there are limited numbers of seed packets available, for now we’re limiting it to one pack per person. If this changes the office team will let people know there’s a chance to sign up for any spare packets.

I have a community project I would like bee seeds for, how does this work?

Right now there aren’t enough packets to send out multiple packs for community groups or projects.

Are they free?

Yes, the bee seeds are free because we want everyone to be able to take part in planting bee-friendly flowers. However, if you’re able to do so, it would be great if you could chip in to help pay for seeds for people who can’t afford to. Each packet of seeds costs us £3 to buy and post and you can make a secure donation here.

I haven’t received my bee seeds yet, where are they?

If your seeds haven’t arrived by Friday 13th April please send an email to the 38 Degrees office team at emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk.

Are the seeds organic? What are the seeds?

Yes! The seeds are supplied by Higgledy Garden and are a mix of completely organic bee-friendly flowers. As they are individually mixed, there will be a combination of seeds including phacelia, borage, nigella, eschscholzia, larkspur, cornflower, chrysanthemum,calendula, cosmos and sunflower.

Phacelia and Borage are the big guns with regard to proving a great and quickly-restored food source for the bees. Once the bees have found a patch of these wonderful flowers they keep coming back all summer long.

Nigella (Love In The Mist) & Eschscholzia (California Poppy) have the advantage of being quick to flower and add wonderful colours to your flower patch. This mix has oranges, blues and Ivory colours. If the winter isn’t too wet and cold all these flowers will self seed and come back to visit you early the following summer.

How do I plant my seeds?

It’s really simple to plant your seeds! Check out the 38 Degrees Hive for written instructions, and a handy video. The office team will be back in touch the week seeds are due to arrive with a reminder of how to plant them.

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