Last Friday, I shared how you can get involved in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. (Click here if you missed it!) Well, in honor these pollinators we have been talking about, I thought I’d share my pollinators with you today. Specifically, bees – the best pollinators in the world. I have lots of bees in my garden and yard and have been lucky enough to catch a few photos of them in action. Bees in my garden!
As most of you are well aware, the bee population worldwide has suffered tremendous losses over the past few years. If you think about that, it’s a pretty scary thing because over one-third of our food exists because bees help to pollinate the flowers. There are other pollinators, too, that have suffered – like butterflies. (Monarch populations, especially, have dwindled.) As gardeners and farmers, we need to do all we can to save and support pollinator populations. That’s why I was very excited to learn about the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge!
Spring’s warmer weather brings so much to the garden besides new growth. It brings new life – what I call garden critters. Some we expect, like birds and insects. Others we’re surprised by, like this snapping turtle that visited my homestead after a rainstorm a couple of weeks ago. I live at least two or three miles from the nearest water (a pond), so I’m not sure how this little guy found his way to my place. He was plodding along in the rivulets on the side of the road near my driveway, and I ran out in my slicker and wellies to get a picture. After avoiding quite a few snaps, we finally got him into a bucket so the neighbor’s excited boys could take him to the pond and release him. See more life in my garden!
Spring is finally here! Not just on the calendar, but in my garden. The bees have arrived! While walking out to my garden yesterday, I had to be careful not to step on all the bees flying around the white clover in my yard. (The picture above was taken next to my turnip bed.) I had no problem with lack of bees in my garden last year, and I believe I’ll have no problem this year either. However, some of my friends were forced to hand pollinate their gardens last year in order to get fruit because they had no bees. With many farmers and gardeners suffering from the decrease in bee populations due to disease, we must become more purposeful in attracting these masterful pollinators to our crops. Learn how!