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Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators (Paperback)
A concise and conscientious look at native (and some nonnative) plant species beneficial to bees, butterflies and pollinators. Hayes gives us lists for perennials,worthy weeds, and water tolerant plants. The book covers a rich selection of plants as well as habitat information. In worthy weeds list we have dandelion, great mullein, wild mustard and mentioning if you are concerned about there spreading she gives us a heads up on cutting that short. Blazing star, Globe thistle and Turtle-head give us some examples of perennials to encourage pollinators. The English and Latin names are given affording the gardener and garden center accurate information for acquiring the proper plant. Habitat housing and health are all covered to provide the bees a high degree of success. Along with the above, trees, herbs, and shrubs are included to add diversity for your landscape and a variety of food sources for the bees. Shelters, fun facts, dry sites of wet environments are covered. This is a thorough look at keeping the pollinator population happy and healthy.— From Eugene's Picks
Want to do your part in helping your local pollinators flourish? Pollinator Friendly Gardening makes it easy.
Are you interested in growing a naturally healthy garden? How about making sure your local environment helps bees, butterflies, and birds survive and thrive? If you are a beekeeper, are you looking for the ideal plants to keep your colony happy?
Pollinators such as monarch butterflies and bees are under threat, and more and more gardeners want to do all they can to create a hospitable space for them. That's where Pollinator Friendly Gardening comes in. It identifies the most visible and beloved pollinators: bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as some more unlikely candidates such as ants, wasps, and beetles. It then explains the intriguing synergy between plants and pollinators. This vital information makes it a unique sourcebook to share the ways that anyone can make a yard a more friendly place for pollinators.
Plant selection, hardscape choices, habitat building (both natural and manmade), and growing practices that give pollinators their best chance in the garden are all covered in detail. Plant lists organized by category, helpful tips, and expert spotlights make it a fun and easy book to read too.
About the Author
Rhonda Fleming Hayes has gardened since she was a child and has cultivated her green thumb everywhere from her native California to the south, Midwest, and England. She is an award-winning garden writer who pens a column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and inspires readers of Northern Gardener magazine with unique garden profiles and her ongoing "Kitchen Garden" feature. She has also won the Garden Writers Association silver award and been published in Minnesota Gardener, Savannah Magazine, and Mother Earth Living among others. She is a Master Gardener and public speaker, who always encourages her audience to plant for pollinators.