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How To Garden Like It's Earth Day Everyday

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Zinnias are a long-blooming pollinator favorite.

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, we’re getting excited to celebrate and do something positive for the environment. But lately we’ve been talking about how to garden every day like it’s Earth Day. What does this mean? For us, it’s putting in effort throughout the season to help our local pollinator population with native and easy-to-pollinate plants. It's eliminating the use of harmful pesticides and generally thinking about how our gardens positively – or negatively – affect the earth on a daily basis.

So this Earth Day, although we'll celebrate, it will be more of a continuation of the type of work we’re doing in our gardens all year long. And we truly hope you’ll join us in this initiative to garden like it’s Earth Day everyday. 

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Milkweed is essential for monarch butterflies' survival.

Go Native (As Much As You Can)

We like to add as many native plants as we can to our gardens, paired with other non-native, easy-to-pollinate varieties so we can offer up habitat, breeding grounds and food for pollinators all season long.

Why plant native? There are dozens of reasons to add plants that are native to your climate, but we’ll focus on two of our favorite.

Native plants have evolved in your region to survive, which means they want to grow in your garden! Native plants often require less maintenance, water and fertilizer than non-natives. This is a tremendous help to both the gardener and the environment.

Swamp Milkweed and Butterfly Weed are great natives to add to your garden to help support the struggling monarch butterfly population. Milkweed is essential for monarchs in that it provides breeding grounds and food throughout the entire span of their lifesycle.

It has been proven that native plant species are better at supporting pollinators and local wildlife in your area, including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and more. Studies show that even a small increase in native plants in one garden can help boost the number of pollinators and wildlife visiting that area.

Plant Pollinator Favorite Varieties

Although natives are a big part to gardening like it’s earth day everyday, mixing in some easy-to-pollinate non-natives is also key to helping the pollinators and wildlife in your area.

Our Monarch Pre-Planned Garden is the perfect mixture of native and non-native plants for a season-long display of color and blooms for Monarchs and other pollinators.

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This garden, filled with non-native butterfly bush and daylilies, is a perfect place for a bee or butterfly to stop by.

If you’ve grown varieties like Butterfly Bush, Catmint, Lavender, Sedum, Zinnia or Daises, you’ve experienced the constant buzz of pollinators coming to and from these varieties. And although they aren’t native, each offer up a specific function and food source for bees, butterflies and birds. Some of these non-natives – like Zinnia – are also long-blooming, providing a long-lasting source of nectar from early summer all the way until frost.

Provide Blooms And Habitat All Season Long

In a perfect world, our gardens are a mix of native varieties, along with non-native pollinator favorites, for color and nectar from early spring all the way through frost.

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Sedum is a fantastic late-blooming variety for pollinators. This employee photo was taken in early October in Vermont.

Providing blooms and host plants for birds, butterflies and bees from spring until frost makes their journeys much, much easier. Late-season varieties such as Aster, Sedum and Goldenrod are an important source of food and energy for Monarchs heading south in the fall. Lavender, Bee Balm, Echinacea and Daylilies are fantastic long-blooming summer varieties. Milkweed, Coral Bells and Forsythia are great early to mid-season options.

Along with your long-blooming garden filled with native and pollinator-favorite plants, provide a source of water (such as a birdbath) for wildlife as well.  

Do All That You Can, Big Or Small

There are so many different types of gardens and so many different types of gardeners out there. Maybe you have acres of land and time to commit to create a Monarch Waystation. Or maybe you’re just starting out with window boxes on your city balcony or terrace and you choose pollinator-friendly annuals and organic soil.

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If you have a small space to garden in, even planting pollinator favorite Marigolds with a water source can go a long way for a tired butterfly on its journey!

Whatever you can do to help our pollinator population – and garden everyday like it’s Earth Day – is important. If each of us does all that we can, no matter what that might mean, we can make life a little easier for bees, butterflies and more. Because after all, our relationship with pollinators (and the earth) is undoubtedly symbiotic - we cannot help but to affect each other's experience here!  

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