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Pollinator Gardens!


You don't have to be a beekeeper to help save the bees! Starting this spring, plant flowers that are pollinator-friendly in your garden! Planting bee friendly flowers in a garden can also benefit you- free pollination, and even a possible reduction in mosquito population. Below are some suggestions of plants that will benefit your neighborhood bees.

Spring Plants-

- Raspberries (Rubus idaeus): These bushes provide you with delicious fruits as well as benefiting pollinators.

- Lavender (Lavandula): Not only a beautiful addition to your garden, but also a late-spring blooming plant for honeybees. (Very light- light honey color)

- Strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa): Everyone loves strawberries, including bees!

- Peas (Pisum sativum)

Summer Plants-

- Sunflower (Helianthus): Takes up lots of space, but great for bees. Planted in the spring and flowers in the summer. (Medium-amber honey color)

- Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta): Beautiful summer flowers

- Marigold (Calendula officinalis): Plant marigolds near tomato plants to prevent harmful pests on your tomatoes. Honeybees love these!

- Peppers (Capsicum)

Autumn Plants-

- Aster (Symphyotrichum): These beautiful blue-purple colored flowers are late summer or early fall blooming plants. These are especially great for honeybees because they provide a final pollen boost before winter. (Light yellow honey color)

- Dandelion (Taraxacum): These flowers bloom both in the spring and autumn. (dark amber honey color)

- Zinnias (Zinnia elegans)


Lavender

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Raspberries

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Black Eye Susans

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Marigolds

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Asters

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Zinnia

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PS- DON'T PLANT POLLINATOR GARDENS (OR ANY FLOWERS) IF YOU SPRAY YOUR YARD WITH PESTICIDES- THE RESIDUE ENDS UP ON FLOWERS WHICH TRAVEL BACK TO THE HIVE AND KILL!

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