Bee Pollination Grow Kit
Bee Pollination Grow Kit It’s time to Save the Bees
Grow food for our Bees with this Home Grown Pollination Kit!
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Each kit includes:
- 2 varieties of seeds – borage and alyssum
- Coffee Compost Mix
- Ready to grow recycled coffee cups
The Bee Pollination Grow Kit has been put together at the Byron Bay Herb Nursery. Both the Byron Bay Herb Nursery and Life Cykel are based in Byron Bay and have teamed up to promote, educate and improve the health of bees.
The Importance of Bees: Pollination
The most important thing that bees do is pollinate. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.
When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower—sticks to the hairs of her body. When she visits the next flower, some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the stigma, or tip of the pistil—the female reproductive organ of the flower. When this happens, fertilization is possible, and a fruit, carrying seeds, can develop.
A story by Cultural Ambassador/Indigenous Creative Chief John Smith Gumbula:
“GUKU Honey Dreaming”
For thousands of years, Aboriginal people have regarded native bees as a very important dreaming food from Mother Earth. The Aboriginal people have used native bees, honey, for food and tools for thousands of years. The old elders you to talk about honey being presented to Aboriginal tribal elders by the hunters as a sign of cultural respect.
Evidence has shown that Aboriginals used the wax and resin produced by native bees for fastening implements of stone to wood. They heated the resin/wax in the fire to bind the two objects together for use as hunting and gathering tools.
The honey of the native bees was also used for ceremonial use. When men were being prepared for weddings they were coated in honey and feathers and other objects were stuck to them for decoration. Baskets for carrying water were made by joining leaves and sealing them with beeswax. Aboriginal people would smear native bees honey on open wounds to prevent swelling and bacterial infections.