Supporting Pollinators

20160410_144649This April, we had a visit from the Melrose Brownies Troop 76133 to help them work on their Bugs Badge.  They, in turn, helped us build a bug hotel to bring in pollinators to our garden.  Pollinators, such as bees, insects, birds, butterflies, and many more, help bring pollen from one plant to another, allowing the flowers and buds of many of the trees, fruits, and vegetables we love and eat to grow.

Did you know at least 1 in 3 foods we eat are directly impacted by pollinators?

Here’s a round up of some great ideas and links to information and ideas to bring pollinators into your garden:

Basic information on pollination for kids. http://sciencewithme.com/learn-about-pollination/

The inspiration for our bug hotel (note: we used a found shelf to create the structure for ours and it is a work still in progress): http://babbledabbledo.com/science-for-kids-insect-hotel/

Planting a wide variety of plants in your gardens will help support a healthy and diverse pollinator population.  The Fish and Wildlife Service offers some ideas on creating a pollinator garden: http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/pollinatorpages/yourhelp.html

Need more ideas for creating a pollinator garden, or ready to create your garden and get counted toward the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge?  Head here to find out more: http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/

Monarch butterflies migrate annually from Mexico throughout Massachusetts and well-beyond.  You can help the Monarch Butterfly Journey North Citizen Science Project by reporting when you first see Monarchs in your neighborhood (or when you see Monarch eggs or larva, or when milkweed plants start to sprout in the spring).  To find out more info or to report, head to: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/monarch/SpringWatch.html

High Mowing Seeds, the company that donated seeds for our children’s garden this year, has a great round-up of types of flowers and plants to help attract and support pollinators.  While the contest this was written for is no longer running, the information is still great: http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/bee-the-change-inviting-pollinators-to-the-table/

Have fun, get in the dirt, get gardening, and welcome those pollinators back to your communities!

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