How to Plant a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape
Sometimes bad news can feel overwhelming, as if one person can do little to make a difference. Growing plants that support honeybees and butterflies doesn’t solve a major world problem, but it can give these important pollinators a boost while also offering loads of beautiful color to your yard or garden. Now is the time to plan!
Different flower shapes and different colors will help attract a variety of solitary bees and other native pollinators, butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds. “Gardening for Beneficial Bees in Mississippi” includes lists of native and nonnative plants that thrive in our hot climate. I recommend you shop for seeds now, because last year we had to go without zinnias!
Want to help bees right now? If you still have kale and other cold weather crops in your garden, consider letting them go to flower. On warmer days, bees will visit those blossoms for some much needed nectar – even if it’s on your old broccoli plant!
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