This is a great opportunity for your gardeners to reflect on the role of pollinators and their role in your food production.
If you are getting flowers from your cucumbers or squash plants but no fruit – you NEED pollinators. Even plants like tomatoes and beans that are self-pollinating can benefit from pollinators.
If the homeowners around your garden use pesticides, your garden can suffer. If your garden is part of a park do you know the pesticide program of the grounds maintenance crew?
This pollinator week I challenge you to plan something for the pollinators. Need ideas?
- Educate property owners around your garden about pesticides
- Add plants in your garden to attract pollinators, especially plants that bloom in late summer
- Educate yourself about the different types of bees, honey bees and native bees, and their habitat needs
- Investigate becoming a Certified Pollinator Garden or a Monarch Waystation
- Plan a story time for children using books about pollinators
- Host a local beekeeper at your garden to learn about honey bees in your area
- Contact your local UGA Extension office to see if they have any special events planned around Pollinator Week
- Become familiar with the Georgia State Pollinator Protection Plan