Plant Flowers to Attract Beneficial Pollinators


| 8/26/2015 11:26:00 AM


Tags: MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, Lisa Mason Ziegler, Pennsylvania, pollinators, beneficial insects,

Caption: Spring blooming Scabiosa will attract bees from the get go of the season. Scabiosa Blue Cockade.

I didn't set out to fill my farm with pollinators and other beneficial insects. You might say it has been a side effect of all-natural cut-flower farming. As simple as it sounds, it's true. Just plant flowers. Don't use pesticides — organic or otherwise. Soon a wave of these guys will overrun your garden.

As my awareness of beneficial insects has grown, I find that it is getting easier to farm. It has become my second nature to consider and provide a place for them to live, eat, and raise a family year round. This practice is not only the right thing to do for the future of all, but it totally impacts my business bottom line for the good.

Caption: We have pollinators following our harvest trailer around the farm! Harvest buckets of zinnias with a swallowtail butterfly left and a hummingbird moth on right.




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