Welcome to Day 2 of our Plant for Pollinators series.
Each day we'll have a new "pollinator fact of the day" as well as planting tips.
How Animal Pollination Works
Pollinators visit flowers in their search for food (nectar and pollen). During a flower visit, a pollinator may accidentally brush against the flower’s reproductive parts, unknowingly depositing pollen from a different flower. The plant then uses the pollen to produce a fruit or seed. Many plants cannot reproduce without pollen carried to them by foraging pollinators.
If you are looking to incorporate more plant varieties that will attract beneficial pollinators you might consider Companion Planting.
Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.
Companion planting exists to benefit certain plants by giving them pest control, naturally without the need to use chemicals, and in some cases came mean a higher crop yield
Generally, companion planting is thought of as a small-scale gardening practice, but it can be applied on larger-scale operations. It has been proven that by having a beneficial crop in a nearby field that attracts certain insects away from a neighboring field that has the main crop can prove very beneficial. This action is called trap cropping.
Part of growing a great garden is attracting pollinators to your garden to not only grow a healthier garden but also a more productive garden.
POLLINATORS aren't just bees
Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are pollinators. They visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off of pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot.
During the entire month of January 2021, we will post a daily "pollinator fact" here on our blog as well as our social media pages
"The flavor of Borage is similar to a cucumber. Borage has bright blue, star-shaped flowers that explode in a blue profusion all summer attracting honey bees. The flowers and young leaves may be used to garnish salads, dips and cucumber soups."
Increased yields and higher quality crops are benefits that growers and consumers realize from a healthy pollinator population, native or managed.
Somewhere between 75% and 95%  of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination – they need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.
Let's plant more to pollinators!
If you have specific garden or seed related questions, please contact us via email at MARY@MARYSHEIRLOOMSEEDS.COM