Precious Pollinators

Bees & butterflies are attracted to Milkweed's blossoms in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Bees & butterflies are attracted to Milkweed’s blossoms (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Many of us are hearing about efforts to save our pollinators; primarily bees, but also including butterflies, moths, even bats and hummingbirds. So, what’s all the hubbub about and why does it matter anyway? For starters, without pollinators most of our flowering plants could not reproduce, and since over one third of our fruit and vegetable crops depend on pollinators for production, it’s easy to see how important their services are to our livelihood. Consider that honey bees pollinate approximately $15 billion worth of U.S. crops each year (in addition to what other native bees and critters do), and that 75% of ALL flowers are pollinated by insects and birds, and you’ll have an idea of just how valuable pollinators are to our existence. [Read more…]

Sending Nature an Invitation

Bee resting on rudbeckia blossom in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Bee resting on rudbeckia blossom (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Although we may not realize it, every time we step outside our doors during the summer season we are surrounded in an invisible cloak comprised of nature’s tiniest clan members. We take heed if a coyote (or a skunk, or a snake) crosses our path, but the minuscule little critters that flutter about our small back yard universe often go unnoticed.  Worse, we might think of some of these visitors to our yard as nothing but a nuisance, promptly hauling out the six pack of pest spray, ready to blast anything that gets in our way. Yet, if we look more carefully, the insects living in our landscape (with the exception of ticks and mosquitoes) are usually not harmful to us, rather they are incredibly beneficial to our environment as a whole.  [Read more…]

Embracing Biodiversity

Definition of biodiversity: The number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region. [Read more…]

The Importance of Garden Mentors

Native Wildlife | A Garden for All by Kathy Diemer

Native Wildlife (Photo Credit: Kathy Diemer)

If I were asked what helped most to shape my way of gardening, mentors would be on the top of my list. Especially for the beginner-novice, being taken under the wing of a more experienced gardener could mean the difference of a successful garden or series of flops. Not to say you won’t have flops, even with guidance, but they should be a bit less. And you will also have someone to celebrate your wins with. [Read more…]