I have a great guest post for you today while I am out of town!
As gardeners, we all want our plants to produce large, quality produce. We water consistently, we fertilize, and we tend to our plants so that they have the best possible chance for thriving. Those are all vital steps in the gardening process, but one that is vastly overlooked is pollination.
According to the National Resource Conservation Service, three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants and 35% of the world’s food crops depend on bees, birds, butterflies and moths, and other small insects to reproduce. Pollinators play one of the most important roles in our gardening experience, and yet, many times we forget to cater to them! That’s why creating an environment for pollinators should be one of our top priorities as gardeners.
Unfortunately, pollinators of every type are in trouble because their habitats are being stripped away, disease is rampant, and improper insecticide use. So, what is the number one thing we can do to help our local pollinator populations? Create an environment for them!