February 27, 2018

Attracting wild pollinators to your garden

Attract and feed wild pollinators with these beautiful flowers…

There is no doubt that bees are extremely important pollinators – but what about all the other wild pollinators out there? Supporting wild pollinators is also very important for our food supply. According to this article from FamilyFoodGarden.com, “pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day” – and I would guess it is probably even higher than that when you factor in the grain that is fed to animals that feed us!

Wild pollinators face numerous threats to their survival every day – especially with the widespread use of agricultural pesticides used in industrial farming. Providing a safe haven for these valuable pollinators that is free from chemicals that could harm them, and abundant with sources of nectar and pollen can help to increase the health and numbers of these beneficial insects. You can help by creating a pollinator-friendly garden and yard that will attract and support bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other wild pollinators.

The flowers listed below are very attractive to wild pollinators, providing them with food as well as a natural habitat. You will also want to make sure you have a water source for your pollinators. Consider adding some of these plants and features to your garden and yard this year to support your beneficial insect population! (For a comprehensive list of flowers that pollinators love, see this article.)


Source: Partselect.com

 

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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