Plant For Pollinators In June!
Posted on June 18 2019
National Pollinator Week was created in 2007 by The Pollinator Partnership to raise awareness about the important role of pollinating insects in the lives of agriculturists - gardeners and farmers alike. Without hardworking bees, hummingbirds, bats and butterflies, we wouldn't be able to consume over 1/3 of the world's fruits and veggies.
This Pollinator Week, June 17-23, 2019, gardeners are encouraged to start a pollinator garden for these pollinators to thrive. (Tip: Growers may need to fence out deer for successful growing.)
According to the Bee Conservancy, growers can plant these pollinator-friendly flowers including:
- Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing spring blooms in a bee garden.
- Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer.
- For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers.
Some pollinating flowers, such as verbena and marigolds are dual-purposed - being used to keep deer out of gardens. These plants can grow in full sunlight year-round.
Remember, when they eat, we eat! Begin growing plants for these types of pollinators today!