Pollinators play an important role in gardens, and they’re especially important in a pumpkin patch. Our pumpkin plants will soon flower, and bees are needed to pollinate plants that bear fruit. In addition to our large pumpkin field, we produce about 10 acres of alfalfa and grass hay that attract bees and butterflies alike. Milk weed growing in grassed waterways along our creek also provide pollinators with water, food and habitat.
While milk weed grows wild at Enchanted Acres, you can create a similar situation in your own backyard. Plan garden spaces to draw in birds, bees and butterflies. You can start as small as a window box or container garden, which is how I got started about 10 years ago. Now a butterfly garden surrounds 3/4 of our house!
Various phone apps and planting guides can help you narrow the search of which plants to use in your garden based upon regional needs: soil type, amount of sunlight, length of growing season. Planning and then planting a pollinator garden can be a great family activity, as well a wonderful way to help become part of the solution to provide bee habitat.
Become a part of the buzz and start planning a pollinator friendly garden today!