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Make your own seed packets

A little while ago, I wrote a blog about collecting seeds (click here to read it). One of our volunteers has thoughtfully designed a bespoke Bumblebee Conservation Trust seed packet, which you can print off, cut out, and use to store the seeds you've collected this year.

Here's an image of the front of the packet, but click here to see the full version.

You might also be interested in using these if you are intending to sell any seeds you have collected, to raise funds for BBCT. Some of our volunteers have already been selling seeds from their garden, and raising a lot of funds to support our work. If you're interested in finding out how to do this, get in touch with us at volunteering@bumblebeeconservation.org

Since I last wrote in this blog, I've been putting a lot of work into the next edition of our Buzzword newsletter. This newsletter goes out three times a year to all of our members, and lets our members know what we've been up to. It also has a few articles with information on how to help bumblebees, and special features on certain aspects of the amazing lives of bumblebees. As it's autumn, this edition has focused on hibernation. My own article presented hibernation as the safe slumber of queen bees, but in another article, Dr. Ben Darvill discusses one of the parasitic worm species which takes hold during hibernation. Ben's article provides grim reading, but it's fascinating all the same!

 

 

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Planting spring-flowering bulbs for bees

Every year I plant spring-flowering bulbs, and every year I make the fatal mistake of leaving it until December before I put them in the ground. This doesn’t much affect the flowering of the plants, but after years of having frozen fingers, I had a revelation this year: what if I planted my bulbs before the ground froze solid? So that’s what I did earlier this week.

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First steps in taking plant cuttings

Following on from my seed collecting a few weeks ago, I’ve been out in the garden again, trying out some methods in plant propagation through cuttings. I’ll confess: I have never done this before! Propagating plants from cuttings has always seemed like a fine art; something you graduated to after many years’ hard labour in the garden. How wrong I was – a little research online showed that producing new plants from cuttings is one of the most reliable, easy, and inexpensive ways to multiply the number of plants in your garden. It also has the added advantage that it allows you to produce plants from those that you are finding it difficult to grow from seed.

So I have turned my hand to a few of the plants growing in my garden, I think I did an alright job! Read on to find out what I did.

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Bumblebees an (Old) Worthy cause

Our Scottish Conservation Officer, Michelle, has taken some time out of her busy schedule to fill us in on her recent adventures. Read on to find out what she's been up to...

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