Monday, March 16, 2009
Plant a Pollinator Garden
The pollinators are in decline due to urbanization and agricultural practices causing a loss of habitat, the decrease in the number of native plants, and the increased use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals. Is there anything that we can do to help reverse the loss of pollinators? A simple step that many of us can take is to plant a pollinator garden. This is merely a plot of your favorite plants that you choose from a list of bee-friendly plants. It may take the form of a flower bed in your lawn, a landscape planting, or a kitchen culinary herb garden. To protect the pollinators, we must prudently restrict the use of pesticides and chemicals.
The National Academies of Science web site may help you plan your pollinator garden. It is located at http://dels.nas.edu/pollinators/plantsforpollinators.shtml.
Beekeepers are trying to provide for a healthy population of both honey bees and native pollinators.