Hi-rise help for bees

Garden on a roof

A community rooftop garden in downtown Toronto. Photo taken in June, 2014.

Even if you live in a skyscraper, if you’ve got a balcony (or a flat roof), you can help save bees and other pollinators. The Home Garden Seed Association recently reported that flowers don’t have to be growing in ground-level beds to attract bees and butterflies. If you plant them, they will find you–just about anywhere.

According to HGSA, “This has been proven in the Battery Rooftop Garden, a 35th floor New York garden that is isolated from life on the ground and pummelled by harsh winds. Despite the extreme altitude, the garden is inhabited by a diversity of pollinators and other beneficial insects, an abundance that has been attributed to high floral diversity.”

Check out the Battery Rooftop Garden Blog, for inspiring ideas for growing fruit, veggies and flowers way up in the sky. The HGSA (www.ezfromseed.org) has a handy listing of pollinator plants you can grow from seed.

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