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Beneficial Pollinators in the Garden

Did you know that this week is pollinator week?

Beneficial creatures such as bees, butterflies, birds - to name a few - are all a crucial part of a healthy ecosystem. Unfortunately they are also dangerously in decline. The use of chemical pesticides as well as the rise of invasive plant species and habitat loss have put our pollinator population in trouble. 

We can do our part and help by planting colorful pollination gardens to provide shelter and food for these essential insects.

To plant a successful garden, choose native plants to your region in a vast variety of color, shapes and sizes. This provides nectar and pollen to a variety of beneficial native pollinators. The keywords here are “native” and “diversity.”

Pick flowers, shrubs, and plants that bloom at different times of the seasons - spring, summer, fall, winter - so that there is a continual supply of food. Provide shelter and water as well, such as bee houses, bird houses, and bird baths so that they hang around your garden.

Not only will these beneficial pollinators keep unwanted insects under control but they will also help fruits and vegetables reproduce and keep our food supply going. After all, without help from our friendly insects, we won’t have any food to eat.

What’s in my garden:

  • Echinacea 

  • Milkweed

  • Bee Balm

  • Sunflowers

  • Lots and lots of vegetables!

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