2. Make Your New Garden Pollinator-Friendly
The takeaway from the study that found that honeybees prefer working class gardens is to keep the flower selection simple.
The less complex the flower, the better it is for bees. When you’re buying plants or seeds look for keywords like “old fashioned”ť and “cottage flower.”
Choose older plant varieties over seed packets labeled “new introduction”ť and “improved.” New and improved introductions often produce less pollen than their “old-fashioned”ť counterparts.
Grow plants that attract butterflies and don’t forget to plant some that will become food for caterpillars. Ensure that there’s a water supply for bees and other pollinators in your garden by setting out a pail of water and floating wine corks in the water.
Butterflies and the European honeybee get all the love and headlines, but our native bees play a role in pollination that is often overlooked. Can you tie a few pieces of bamboo stakes together with a string and hang them from a tree branch? You just created a home for native bees and you’re now a native beekeeper.
3. Join a National Pollinator Week Event
There are many events across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico scheduled for this week that you and your family can participate in. Visit the National Pollinator Week event page and click on your state or territory to find a local event you can participate in, or start one in your community.
What are you doing this week to celebrate pollinators?