Want your garden to be the buzz of the neighborhood?
Make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with colorful, native plants. Not only will you help protect the future of pollinators and the produce they make possible, but also your garden will “bee” the talk of the town.
How to Plant a Pollinator Garden
Why This Matters:
- Pollinators like bees and butterflies are losing habitats from development and dying off in record numbers from colony collapse disorder.
- We get the majority of our fruits, nuts and veggies thanks to the efforts of pollinators — we really need them!
- Native plants are favorites for pollinators, which will save you moola on water and fertilizer.
Ready to Try?
- Watch the episode for expert tips from JenB and Mike the Green Garden Guy.
- Download the “Bee Smart” app to find out which native plants in your area attract pollinators. (Note: you can select plants based on color, bloom time, soil type and more.)
- Plant pollinator-friendly plants — even if they’re just in pots, you’re providing a crucial pollinator pit stop.
A Deeper Dig
This story from Dan Rather investigates how recent classes of pesticides called neonicotinoids are taking the hum out of the world’s beehives.
Our Fresh Pick
This self-watering planter is ideal for those who tend to kill plants or travel a lot. Just pour some water in its center, and the absorbent terra-cotta will keep the plants hydrated.
Did You Know…
Scientists working for the FBI have created algorithms based on bees’ pollen collecting habits to successfully track down killers?