In Your Pollinator Garden
Paper Wasps, Just Like Us – July 2014
If you check under the eaves of your house or other man-made structures around your home, you may very well find a recently founded paper wasp colony. While it might seem awfully late in the season for a queen to start with a new brood, she may found multiple late-season colonies (sometimes called “satellite nests”) as insurance against total reproductive failure in the case of predation. Read more.
The Other Beneficial Insects – April, 2014
This month we’re looking beyond the pollinator garden, to that other garden many of us are feverishly planting this time of year: the vegetable plot. Even as we start dreaming of giant pumpkins and heirloom tomatoes, we know the pests of those plants are looking forward to the harvest as much as we are. And because we care about protecting pollinators, we loathe using insecticides. Read more.
Spring Planning – February, 2014
Even if your garden is still covered with snow, the garden catalog season has arrived. Like us, you’re probably leafing through page after page of glossy wildflower photos thinking about what to plant this year for your bees and butterflies. Here are a few tips to maximize the impact of your plant choices: Read more.
Flower Stem Bee Nests – November, 2013
Before cutting back and composting the end-of-season flower stalks in your garden this month, you might consider salvaging some of that material for easy-to-make bee nests. For example, most leafcutter bees, mason bees, yellow-faced bees, and more will happily nest in the dry, hollow stems of many common garden plants. Read more..
Saving Seeds – October, 2013
Beginning this month, we will be highlighting a seasonally relevant gardening issue in every Bring Back the Pollinators newsletter. This month, we encourage you to think about seed saving. By late October, in much of the country wildflowers are done blooming and are dying back to the ground. Read more.