Thursday, 3 April 2014

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Little SEEDBALLS of love

It is always a pleasure to stock products you believe are worthwhile!  The friendly people at Seedball came onto our radar through Twitter.  Keen as ever to support our neighbours, (they are based in Muswell Hill), we also loved their story and their dream "to scatter the seed ball of love, up and down the UK"

SEEDBALL is run by Project Maya, a non-profit eco-social enterprise working to build a global network of reserves. Based on the principles of permaculture, these reserves will represent nature and community in balance, with space for wildflowers, wildlife, food growing and fun! 
All profits from SEEDBALL are used towards funding Maya Reserves and other Project Maya eco activities to help make the world a better, happier, and more sustainable place. 

Their products are wildflower seeds, clay, compost & a smidgen of chilli powder (a mini ecosystem) packed into a little ball, which is a simpler way to create beautiful wildflower gardens from seed!  They are presented in this handy little tin for an amazing £4.95.  The perfect gift for wildlife & nature lovers or if you fancy scattering a few seeds yourself - be a rebel and try guerrilla gardening!

"If the bee disappeared from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live." -  Albert Einstein 

The best selling product in the range is the Bee Mix - A careful selection of native wildflower seeds that bees will just love! Bee mix uses only species recommended by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and includes both early and late summer flowering plants:

Bees (bumblebees and honey bees) are the principle pollinators of flowering plants and are crucial for food production. In the UK, bee pollination services contribute an estimated £1.8 billion per year to the UK economy.  If we were to take over the role of pollination from bees in the UK alone, it would require a workforce of 30 million people! Without bees, many fruits, vegetables and other crops would not grow and many wild flowers would disappear from the countryside. 

Yet the disappearance of bees is a very real threat. Most of the UK’s bumblebee species have greatly declined in recent years, with two species extinct in the UK since the 1940’s, while honeybee numbers have dropped by 50% in the last 25 years.

A major factor causing their decline is the loss of countryside wildflowers.

The best thing you can do to help bees is to plant native flowers in the garden. Bees need nectar-rich flowers between March and September, however many of the cultivated and exotic flowers that are common in gardens produce no nectar (or it’s inaccessible to bees).   Not only do wildflowers look fantastic, they're hardy, resistant to slugs and pests, suited to our climate, and bursting with pollen and nectar.

Available in Bee Mix, Butterfly Mix, Urban Meadow Mix, Poppy, Forget-me-not & Oxeye Daisy - wouldn't you just like to see your garden look a beautiful as this?