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Pollinator Projects

Who hasn’t felt a need to help the declining monarchs, or taken a second look at the implications of bee decline? Pollinators in peril is one of the hottest agricultural issues of our day. The solutions are not simple but everyone can plant for polinnators on any scale to enhance friendly habitats (food, water, cover begin to define the word) for bees, butterflies, and other pollinator insects and birds.

So what do you plant? If you have some ground with some sun exposure you have lots of options. Consider this: using as many regional native trees, shrubs, and flowers as possible will bring diversity of species to the area, so choose a good seed mix with native wild flowers. Butterflies and bees can feed from many flowers native or not so you can plant non-natives along with them. Our mixes have both natives and non-native flowers to feed the buzzing, beautiful, winged world dwellers.

About the magnificient Monarch Butterfly

These orange marvels are in sharp decline in recent years. Overall habitat destruction and reconstruction without flowers is a big problem. They have to have some friendly flowers to provide them places to eat and refuel and to lay their eggs on their long routes traveling north and south. They must have plants from the Milkweed family, Asclepidaceae to lay their eggs on. This is why plantings of North American native milkweeds is so important. Little monarch eggs must start on milkweed plants. Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa, Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca, Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata, Green MIlkweed Asclepias hirtella are a few of the lovely milkweeds to look for especially at Botanical Gardens, and native plant gardens.

We offer Butterfly Milkweed in large packets to fill an area 20-30 sq. ft. Choose the regional pollinator mixes and you’ll be doing your part to SAVE OUR POLLINATORS!

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Planting to promote the pollinators?  Think about native plants that provide food or places to land and lay eggs for butterflies and moths, also hummingbirds who have tremendous needs for food as they come to pollinate and procreate.  Bees of course are key components of agriculture.  So there are the great reasons to plant a special area just for the neighborhood pollinators.  It is very important to understand the effect of pesticides on pollinators.  Visit this excellent blog on No to Neonicotinoids from the Defenders of Wildlife.   

NRCS Pollinator Projects help