Sprinkles of Sand is celebrating our first year anniversary. In recognition of this joyous event, we thought is would be nice to do a summary of all the articles posted in our “In the Garden”.
Like us, I know many of you are excited and starting to plan for this year’s garden. We look forward to adding new article with special focus on vegetables and flowers.
In the Garden – A Year in Review:
– Growing Basil
– Growing Lemon Thyme
– Growing Lavender
– Growing Chamomile
– Growing Lemongrass
– Growing Mint
– Growing Lemon Balm
– Growing Oregano
– Growing Thyme
– Growing Chocolate Mint
– Growing Rosemary
– Growing Pineapple Sage
– Growing Parsley
– Drying Herb – Hanging Method
Bee’s & Wildlife:
– Create a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
– Create a Winter Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
– National Pollinator Week– What’s the Buzz
– What’s the Buzz May Update
– What’s the Buzz July Update
– What’s the Buzz September Update
Is there anything you have interest in and would like to see? Let us know!
It’s the first week of summer. It is also National Pollinator Week. Nine years ago, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the designated week. Now it’s not only a national celebration but an international one as well.
National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. This national focus highlights the importance of pollinators including bees, birds, butterflies and bats.
WHY POLLINATORS ARE IMPORTANT:
These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Often we may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. Yet without them, we would lose our food sources such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, not to mention chocolate and coffee…all of which depend on pollinators.
A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees and some wild pollinators are declining.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
With increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline, here are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance.
On these warm early summer days, my plants and flowers are bustling with activity – mostly honeybees and bumblebees. They were easy to spot due to their almost leisurely movement as they collect nectar and pollen for their hives.
When I was choosing plants for my yard, I’m am always looking for ones that are attract pollinators, by ensuring they are a functional and directly support our bees, birds and other wildlife. This year is the first year that I have planted milkweed because it hosts for the Monarch butterfly, but now I know it’s not just a good pollinator plant, it’s an outstanding one. And it’s gorgeous too!
If you are interested in more information, you can download a variety of resources about pollinators, pollinator week, and what you can do to help pollinators at: https://www.pollinator.org
Another source for information is: https://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/YourHelp.html#garden
I hope you take the time to take a closer look at some of the plants in your yard this week to see what pollinators your supporting – you may be amazed at activity!