June 19-25 is National Pollinator week!
Did you know that 1 in every 3 bites of food depends on some type of pollinator to produce fruit? Apples, squashes, blueberries and so many more of our favorite foods would not produce much fruit without the help of pollinators like bees, birds, butterflies, ants and bats. We take for granted that those pollinators will always be around to do their jobs, but many are in danger today. We know about colony collapse in honey bees, but native bees are also declining. Many bats are being affected by a disease called White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that kills many bats over the winter. Butterfly habitats are quickly disappearing, making it harder for them to migrate, lay eggs and feed. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140819-monarch-butterfly-milkweed-environment-ecology-science/ . It’s important that we take this time to think about pollinators and learn what we can do as gardeners and homeowners to help.
We’ll be giving a talk at the Manlius Library Wednesday night 6/21/17 at http://www.manliuslibrary.org/2017/06/building-a-pollinator-garden/. Please join us. Learn the basics on how to build a pollinator garden. Bring all your great questions, we are happy to answer them.
All week we will have a table of information set up in our store. So, stop in and pick up some great handouts and a list of plants that pollinators will love.