Now you can do it and here’s how.

In concert with global warming we are once again reminded of the threats to our pollinators, you know, the little guys who make sure we have the food we love to eat and need. The most obvious are the bees that fly from plant to plant making sure each plant is pollinated so that it continues to bear fruit and we have strawberries, apples, peaches, tomatoes , etc., next season. Bees are attracted to bright colors and ultraviolet but not red. Red looks black to them and they are not interested.

Bees are threatened and could become extinct, but these are not the only critters that pollinate. Beetles, gnats, ants, flies, moths, butterflies, bats and other small mammals do the same job. Together they pollinate 80-95% of plant species in this world of ours. Why is this happening? Various pesticides and large pieces of land that are being covered with houses, etc., are responsible. So where are these creatures of mother nature to go.

Think go away.

The good thing is you can prevent this from happening. It’s easy. Just don’t use pesticides. Then while you’re saving yourself time and money encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Add plants to your garden that pollinators like; like milkweed. The monarch butterflies love it, it’s super easy to grow and it will multiply for you. While you’re thinking about your garden and pollinators think native plants. Those that grew here before we built all these houses and those across the bridge. They will love being in your yard.

On behalf of Bridge and Bay Garden Club and Crown Garden Club

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