1. In early spring, prepare planting areas on the borders of your garden. A band of flowers I foot wide will bring bees and all kinds of other beneficial insects. Depending on the amount of seed per packet, this mix covers between 100 and 200 feet of border.
  2. Sow small amounts of eath type of seed on prepared ground that's moderately fertile

How can you tell if your black-and-yellow-striped visitor is a honeybee? Honeybees are hairy and about long, with black and yellow stripes on their abdomens. When you see them in your yard, you know that they're hard at work pollinating your plants.

and free of weeds, (In areas with mild winters, you can plant seed in the fall if you prefer.) For more on growing plants from seed, see page 267.

  1. Gently water the seeds in and keep the ground evenly moist while the flowers are getting established (the first month or so alter planting).
  2. Once the seeds are up, water them with a diluted organic fertilizer, such as a weak solution of fish emulsion or liquid seaweed. If your soil is good and fertile, you can skip the additional fertilizer.
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