Pollinator Protection Patch Posted on 11 Apr 11:36 , 1 comment
This might be one of our most exciting projects ever! We are thrilled to dedicate this huge patch of the property for the pollinators that visit our veggie gardens.
What is a Pollinator Protection Patch?
This is our Pollinator sanctuary.
Pollinators require two essential components in their habitat: somewhere to nest and flowers from which to gather nectar and pollen.
We've shared about the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge in the past. This is our way of expanding on that idea while expanding our pollinator garden.
Why are we planting for Pollinators?
There are hundreds (probably thousands) or articles available online about the importance of pollinators for crop production.
One recent concern a customer mentioned to us was blossoms forming and then falling off their squash plants. In this case, the issue is most likely a lack of pollination.
You don't have to plant a large area to successfully attract pollinators to your garden. It can be done by simply interplanting flowers and herbs in your current garden or setting aside a place dedicated to pollinator friendly plants.
We have decided to dedicate this large of a space because we are fortunate to have the extra room. Most importantly, we do not use chemicals or sprays that would harm pollinators on ANY part of the property.
What are we planting in our
Pollinator Protection Patch?
This was a tough decision because honestly I wanted to plant ALL of the flowers!
First, we're starting with a
region-specific wildflower mix
We might add a few others as this project progresses such as Purple Coneflower. Stay tuned for updates!
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