School Bee Pollinating Garden
Our vision is to build a bee pollinating garden so that bees have a place to survive and thrive! Since bees are under threat due to parasites, wild habitat loss as a result of urban sprawl and climate change, and pesticides, we decided that we needed a home for them on school grounds.
We used wooden logs to create a border for the garden and added lots of soil. We planted Perennials such as Common Milkweed and Catmint, both pollinators and both native to Southern Ontario and made bee hotels from found materials (invasive phragmites). We provided a water source (Bee City Canada) by using different sizes of plastic containers dug into the earth, which we filled with clean water, since there is no natural water source nearby (Bee City Canada). Bees need water to cool off, feed their larvae, and to dilute the honey they make, which they also eat (University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, The Bee Gardener).
Reflection & Celebration
Creating a bee pollinating garden was a very rewarding experience for all members of our school ECO Team. We met every Monday after school in the fall to work on this project together. Now that it’s spring, we can see how much the plants have grown and look forward to warmer weather when the flowers bloom and more bees start visiting the garden to feed, pollinate, and reproduce. We will continue to nurture our garden with regular weeding, watering, and seed planting to fill in areas that are bare. To celebrate our accomplishments we will submit our project to Bee City Canada (which we just now discovered after having created our bee pollinating garden) so we can become one of the schools on their list of “Bee Schools”. Thank you LSF for your ongoing support throughout the year. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without you!
Check out our video here!