Posts Tagged ‘bees’

I’m pretty stingy with my garden space- i don’t want anything growing in there that won’t be delicious for either us or the chickens.  This has meant that i have never planted any flowers, except for a few generic bulbs in the front yard- a decidedly neglected little piece of hard dirt.  I did attempt to plant some nasturtiums along the fence (somewhat less generic, and edible!) but they were over taken by the morning glory before they could produce more than a few leaves and blooms.

Without many flowers in the yard, we don’t get many pollinators coming around.  We still manage to get enough vegetables fruiting, but i’ll bet that two thirds of the flowers on the beans and tomatoes and squash don’t end up producing fruit because no one has come to visit them.  So i’ve recently become obsessed with researching the best flowers and plants to attract pollinating bees and butterflies so that i may recruit more winged, fuzzy help to my garden.  I also decided that i’d try to make most of these plants native- as a good challenge and to provide familiar pollen and nectar for native insects.  I also thought that most of them should be perennials, to save me time in the future and to leave the soil less disturbed from digging in new plants each year.

So, to start, here’s a list that i’ve come up with of mostly native, mostly perennial plants and flowers that bees love.  As soon as i research them all to find out what to put where in which season, i’ll let you know the deets.

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