Happy Pollinator Week, June 20-26, 2016

 

Pesticides and modern farming methods are considered a serious problem for pollinators. And, we need pollinators to produce more than half the farmed food we eat. To build awareness of their importance and encourage pollinator-friendly gardens, June 20-26, 2016, has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Find out what’s going on in your community.bee on snowdrop

Information below provided by 
HSA member Jackie Johnson, ND, Planhigion Herbal Learning Center It was originally published in the June 2016 issue of The Wisconsin Herbalist.

Pollinator Garden Tip

  1. Provide a water source that includes stones or perches to keep pollinators from drowning.
  2. Place your garden in a sunny area with wind breaks.
  3. Plant large groupings of the same plant – called “pollinator targets”. They’re easier to spot and easier to go from plant to plant in a small area.
  4. Keep your plants throughout the growing season to help the pollinators at each stage of their lives (i.e. the Monarch in both butterfly and larvae stage on the milkweed).
  5. Make sure you have some early bloomers to help with spring feed needs as well as some late bloomers for late fall needs.
  6. Eliminate pesticides.
  7. Delay the fall cleanup until spring. Pollinators like UNKEMPT GARDENS!

Pollinators’ Favorite Colors

  • Honey Bees prefer white, yellow and blue flowers.
  • Moths prefer night-blooming gray or white or silver fragrant flowers. For example, plants found in a “moon garden.”
  • Butterflies prefer red, orange, yellow, purple flowers.
  • Flies prefer striped flowers and less showy flowers so they can hide from predators.

Not So Good Plants

  • Rhododendron
  • Azaleas
  • Trumpet Flower or Angels Trumpet
  • Stargazer Lily

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