Kids Wildflower Seed Balls

Kids can grow native wildflowers and help restore a healthy balance to their local ecosystem. Growing organic native wildflowers saves water, feeds and shelters birds and other wildlife, and attracts beneficial insects with their favorite food. Organic milkweed is the only food for the Monarch butterfly which is endangered, like the honey bee, because of the wide use of pesticides, herbicides, and native habitat lost to development. Kids can plant local native plants and wildflowers and create food and shelter for the honey bee, the Monarch butterfly, and other pollinators. When the right native plant is established in the right place, it does not need extra fertilizer or water and produces lovely colorful flowers. Local native plants have evolved with local insects, birds, and animals and have developed symbiotic relationships with each other. Preserving and protecting the local habitat for our pollinators is important as they are responsible for every third bite of food we eat.  Each butterfly species has its favorite wildflowers for its nectar and pollen and as the host plants for its emerging larvae. Kids can visit a local nursery that specializes in native plants to find plants and seeds that have not been treated with chemicals to plant in their backyard. Kids can create wildflower seed balls and distribute them on road mediums, empty patches, and vacant lots to save the bees and butterflies, while beautifying the roadside with lovely flowers. To give the wildflower seeds a good start, kids can mix the organic seeds in a tiny mud ball of rich organic compost and clay and let them dry. Kids can also join City, State, and National Park Rangers in public wildflower planting projects in their town.

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