Pollinators: What's the buzz?

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Pollinators: What's the buzz?

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat! Pollinators- butterflies, bees, and moths-also help repopulate plants and add diversity to the environment, making an ecosystem more resilient. Unfortunately, pollinators are in decline. Gardeners are crucial to helping reverse this trend. The simple action of sowing seeds is powerful. It can create habitats that protect and feed pollinators, strengthening their population.

4 P's of Pollinator-Friendly Gardening

Plant flowers: Provide food for pollinators by sowing flowers, especially native varieties.
Plant diversity: Plant a diversity of bloom times, colors, and heights. By staggering bloom times, you provide a reason for pollinators to call your garden home throughout the growing season. Some pollinators are very small and need very small, open flowers in order to access the pollen or nectar. Sow a diversity of flower shapes and sizes, usually simpler (vs. double petal) varieties of flowers work for more species.
Provide water: In your water feature, create small islands with stones where pollinators can land, and climb in and out.
Pass on pesticides: Look for organic ways to block pests, disrupt their life cycle, and invite their predators. Integrated Pest Management (IMP) techniques utilize simpler solutions, such as using a fabric row cover to block pests. Sowing varieties like alyssum or allowing dill to flower, both attract beneficial and predatory insects.

Help Monarch Butterflies

In particular, Monarch butterfly populations have dropped by 90% in recent years. Researchers believe the decline is due to several key factors: milkweed plants are more scarce (a crucial food source for monarch caterpillars), habitat loss including nectar plants for adults, and pesticide use. Monarch butterflies travel an average of 3,000 miles during their annual migration-that takes a lot of energy!

You can increase their habitats by sowing diverse plants that flower specifically during migration. Be sure to include milkweed. Milkweed is the only food plant for monarch caterpillars. Adding native flowering plants will generally provide the highest quality nectar and will the easiest for you to care grow. . Perennials can take a year to flower, unless started indoors very early (10 to 12 weeks before your average last spring frost) and 3 to 5 years to achieve their full size, so integrating some annuals into the mix will provide nectar in the meantime. Deadheading (removing spent blooms) can extend the flowering period of many plants.

Which milkweed is best for my region?
Botanical Interests offers four milkweed varieties: Butterfly Milkweed, Irresistable Blend, Showy, and Common. Check the maps below to find which variety is native to your region.

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Delphinium Butterfly Blend HEIRLOOM Seeds

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Echinacea Purple Coneflower Organic Seeds

This long-blooming, drought-tolerant plant adds late summer color and winter interest. Attractive to butterflies. NATIVE

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Echinacea Purple Coneflower Seeds

Long-blooming drought tolerant plant adds late summer color and winter interest. Attractive to butterflies! NATIVE.

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Echinacea White Swan Seeds

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Flower Mix Bring Home the Butterflies Seeds

Imagine the joy of seeing more butterflies in your garden! This long-blooming, colorful mix supports their lifecycle.

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Flower Mix Bring Home the Butterflies Seeds (LG)

Imagine the joy of seeing more butterflies in your garden! This long-blooming, colorful mix supports their lifecycle.

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Flower Mix Bulb Companions Seed

Complement your spring blooming bulbs with this mix of brightly colored annuals and tender perennials.

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Flower Mix California Color Seeds (LG)

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Flower Mix Edible Beauties Seeds

Annual and perennial edible flowers bring brilliant colors and flavors all season to salads, herb butters, and vinegars.

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Annual and perennial edible flowers bring brilliant colors and flavors all season to salads, herb butters, and vinegars.

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Flower Mix Fairy Meadow Seeds

Create an enchanting, colorful garden that will open your eyes to the magic of fairies!

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Flower Mix Hummingbird Haven Seeds (LG)

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There's nothing like a nice shady spot to rest in on a hot summer day. Relax among these dazzling colors and textures.

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Flower Mix Perennial Bloom Seeds (LG)

This fabulous mix of 19 varieties includes flowers from showy to subtle with an enormous array of colors.

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Flower Mix Prairie Splendor Seeds (LG)

Experience the rich hues and warm colors of a native Midwest prairie as your garden comes alive with flowers. NATIVE

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Flower Mix Precious Pollinators Seeds

Provide pollinators sustenance and a place to rest with this vibrant mix of food and nectar plants.

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