Inviting Pollinators To your Garden
The disappearing pollinator population is a phenomenon that affects our ecosystem in a huge way. Many know that the dwindling population is a problem, but few realize that we can help pollinators, simply by planting a garden! Whether you're planting in flower pots, garden beds, or sweeping meadows of wildflowers, each of us can make a difference for these important flying friends.
What Are Pollinators' Jobs in Nature?
There are a variety of different pollinators: bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and several species of flies and beetles. These important species move pollen from a male flower to a female flower, eventually resulting in fertilization.
Many plants require this fertilization to reproduce and grow, meaning pollinators are essential to the stability of a healthy ecosystem - meaning pollinators are essential for the clean air we breathe, the clean water we drink, and the healthy food we eat!
Did you know that there are about 4,000 species of native bees in America? And that honeybees are not native to North America?
A recent study showed that at least 80% of the world's crop species require pollination to set seed, including, nuts, apples, strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, avocados, bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, gourds, zucchini, passion fruit, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and many, many more.