Beebombs at the Gallery!

img_4939We’re delighted to announce that Earth Pig is now an authorised stockist of Beebombs – native wildflower seed balls which encourage bees to visit your garden. These are hand-made clumps of 18 different wild flowers including yarrow, ox-eye daisy, red campion, cornflower, poppy and others which you can throw in your garden to encourage the bees back. Bees and other pollinating insects play a vital role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production. The economic value of bee pollination has been estimated at around £200 billion annually worldwide and since the 1990s beekeepers around the world have been observing a mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees and a decline in honeybee colonies. The increased application of pesticides and the diminishing number of hedgerows and trees is linked to the disappearance of pollinators. Ordinary people like you and me can help do our bit to bring back bees to our fields and gardens.

Buying a pack of beebombs is a great way to help conservation. There’s no sowing or gardening required! All you need to do is throw the beebombs onto clear ground and wait for them to grow. They can be planted in pots too. All they’ll need in that case is some watering. Wildflowers are pretty hardy but take a little while to grow, longer than imported flowers but some of the annuals should bloom in their first year. Each pack of beebombs will cover 21 square feet and are best scattered in Spring or Autumn. Since World War II, 97% of natural bee and butterfly habitat in the UK has been lost. By using beebombs in your garden you can begin to restore some of this lost habitat and make an important contribution to the biodiversity in Britain. A pack of beebombs costs £7.99 – a small investment to bring back our bees.