Now that you've learned more about honeybees and why they are disappearing, you can take action to help preserve them by planting a bee-friendly garden. Use this sheet to help you create an action plan for bringing pollinator-friendly wildflowers to your school garden.
1. First, determine the square footage of the area in which you are proposing to plant your bee-friendly wildflowers. Remember, you only need a small plot of land. Whether you're working in your school garden, someplace in your community, or in a window container, you need to first estimate square footage. To do so, use your Hive Detectives student esheet to go to How Much Seed Do I Need?
2. Now determine the type of flower coverage your team would like: a lush stand, an average display, or scattered flowers like a meadow. You'll need to follow the ratios on How Much Seed Do I Need? to determine how many pounds of wildflower seed you need to achieve the desired flower coverage. For example, to have a lush stand of flowers (almost solid flowers) on a 1500 sq foot plot of land, 1 pound of wildflower seeds are needed. Using math, you can then determine how many pounds you need for half that square footage, or a quarter, and so on.
Pounds of Wildflower Seed:
3. Now that your team knows how much wildflower seed you need to purchase, determine the cost for your seed mixture. To do so, first choose your region in the US to get a selection of wildflower seeds that are appropriate for your area. Then select the wildflower pollinator seed mix for your region. Write down the kinds of flowers that are included in the mix and determine the cost for purchasing the seeds. The minimum quantity that can be purchased is 0.25 pounds; even if you need less than that, your team will need to purchase that amount.
Kinds of Wildflowers in Mix:
Cost of Purchasing Seeds:
Your teacher may provide you with additional costs to add to your budget, such as soil, sand, and containers. Be sure to include these to determine your final budget.
This is the fun part! Develop an action plan with your team to raise funds to cover the cost of purchasing the wildflower mix. How much do you need to raise and what strategy can your team use to raise these funds? How might you use this opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of planting bee-friendly wildflowers?
1. Use the information you gathered about the types of wildflowers you'd like to purchase and the cost of those flowers to develop a budget for your garden. Remember that you may also need to consider buying soil, fertilizer, etc.
Budget for Bee-Friendly Wildflower Garden:
2. How to Handle Money and Donations
You should consider how you would handle the money and donations that come in for the garden. Do you need to set up an account with your school? Who will handle the money and make purchases?
Person who purchases supplies:
3. Raising Money for Garden
How do you want to raise money for your garden? Do you want to solicit donations, hold a fundraiser, see if your school PTO/PTA has funds it can donate, look for grants, or find another way? Or use a combination of all these methods? Decide how you want to raise the funds.
4. Public Relations
Once you've raised the money and have your garden going, consider doing some public relations to keep your community informed about the garden and raise funds to keep the garden going.