I recently became interested in pollinator gardens when I was doing some research about it for one of our ongoing projects. I got so much information from Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis Zoo about how important a pollinator garden is and how to create one for yourself and for the environment.
First of all, choose a location for your pollinator garden. You can attract much more varieties of pollinators if you choose a sunny spot for your garden. The location needs to be located in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day.
Second, pick the plants for your pollinators. Choose native plants in Missouri or wherever you live. Native plants are adapted to local weather, they need less water and maintenance and they provide the best food for pollinators. Try to be diverse, pick a large number of varieties and make sure there’s always something in bloom from April to October.
Finally, you can start creating your pollinator garden! Be sure that you don’t use any chemicals such like pesticide and herbicides, they kill pollinators. Here are some beautiful and powerful native flowers that often used in pollinator gardens: Butterfly milkweed, Blue wild indigo, Aromatic aster, Eastern blazing star, Slender mountain mint, Cliff goldenrod and Purple coneflower.
Why is creating a pollinator garden important to the environment as well as human beings? More than 150 crops in the United States depend on pollinators. Pollinators transfer pollen from one plant to another and flowers use the pollen to produce seeds. Food such as apples, berries, cucumbers and almonds wouldn’t exist without these pollinators. There is no limitation of how big or how small your pollinator garden is, a few plants can make some difference to this world. I actually got some native flower seeds in the weekend and started to have a small pollinator garden on my balcony this spring!