Thursday, 6 February 2014

Wild flowers and pollinators

Here at Feed Bristol we like to focus on maintaining wildlife as well as growing great food and staying active outdoors. We know how important a healthy ecosystem is when it comes to maintaining our country’s healthy organic landscape, which is why we always look for wildlife friendly methods of growing. With recent reports on the declining numbers of bees and other pollinators, we have decided to focus a lot of this year’s work on pollinator plants and wild flowers.

Wild flowers are a great way to add vibrancy and colour to your garden whilst attracting pollinators such as bees and beautiful butterflies and ultimately supporting a healthy ecosystem. British wild flowers not only benefit the environment and ecosystems; they also have some health benefits for us.  A lot of wild flowers are edible and can be added to salads, teas, jams and various other recipes to give them a unique flavour. Wild flowers are often fairly nutritious as they are usually rich in nectar and pollen, which contain various vitamins and minerals such as iron and calcium. The actual flowers, buds and leaves of various garden and wild flowers are also rich in vitamins and minerals, making them a fun, quirky and fairly inexpensive way to give your body a health boost.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and feed Bristol blog page for some unique ideas and recipes for wild flowers as well as tips on how to grow and maintain a self sustaining living landscape.

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