The Pollinator garden today

Today, I officially joined the Million Pollinator Gardens ranks.   Through initiatives like theirs we can learn how important our small plots of land might sustain the very important neighbors we have that keep our world fruiting. I can’t wait to be a better member of the community of life.    Currently both the Echinacea just started […]

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Pollinator’s Garden – Year 2

Pollinator 07-27-2015

The experimental pollinator garden continued this year but with an El Nino spring.  The usefulness of the growth data gathered remains unknown.  The spring started with three times the normal precipitation that continued through June.  We were then hit with high temperatures and near drought conditions for the remainder of the summer.  While there was […]

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The Pollinator’s Garden – Year 1

Rudbeckia, Texas Scarlet Sage, and May Night Salvia

  The pollinator’s garden made its start with a rainier than usual summer. My goal was to test the seeds’ propagation rate and performance in the dry heat of July with little additional irrigation.  This was important, as I intend to plant hardy natives at the neighborhood entrances and eventually create a demonstration garden in […]

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Designing the Pollinator’s Garden

The plan

After reading the book,  Planting, A New Perspective,  I am taking a measured approach to the plan for the pollinator’s garden.  While the plant material is nature friendly, the design need not be untamed.   Having a relatively tiny area to cover the plan will be a challenge as seed mixes can bring the unexpected. […]

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Preparing for a Bee friendly garden

Look at the pollen on this guy

A garden that draws pollinators usually begins with wonderful flowers full of food.  To take it even further,  providing sheltering opportunities for bees close to the food sources allows female bees to expend less energy foraging, saving energy for the care of their young. Native Bee Habitat Most north american bee species shelter in the […]

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