Week of June 18, 2019

Many of our favorite fruits and vegetables require pollinators. Fortunately you don’t need to keep a beehive to ensure that your fruit trees and vegetable garden produce an abundant harvest. By attracting honeybees, native bees, butterflies, moths, and other pollinators, you can help your garden and the environment at the same time! You can plant cover crops, flowers, flowering bushes, and berries. Some summer-loving cover crops include buckwheat, alfalfa, or clover. Flowers are an important food source so plant plenty of sunflowers, zinnias, coneflowers, daisies, scabiosa, Four O’Clocks, evening primrose, alyssum, yarrow, chamomile, marigolds, lavender and so many more. Also keep some water on hand for them as well. You can build a little drinking pool with a shallow pot filled with rocks and water.