Here at Bitner Vineyards I have been planting a variety of native and bee friendly plants. This past week I counted more than eight different kinds of bees gathering pollen and nectar from these plants as well as a variety of flies, butterflies hummingbirds and wasps that come to feed on the nectar. It is amazing to see the diversity of insects present. The flowers also provide nectar for beneficial insects that feed on and parasitize the harmful mites, leafhoppers, mealy bugs etc. that are in my vineyards. In a future article I will be talking in further detail about a Live certification program (Low Input Viticultre and Enology) that I have implemented here on the farm by planting a variety of plants between the rows that serve as reservoirs for beneficial insects.

So take time to thank the bees and plant some flowers for them.

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Posting by the Xerces Society.org, June 16, 2014

BEAUTY AND THE BEES: ONE GARDEN AT A TIME
Everyone can plant a flower for National Pollinator Week!
Once again, it is National Pollinator Week and a fantastic time to thank the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators by giving them a hand. There are so many threats to pollinators, pesticides, diseases, habitat loss, and more, that one can be discouraged. But everyone can easily do one thing to help pollinators: plant a beautiful bee-friendly flowering plant.

Whether adding bee-friendly perennial wildflowers to frame your front yard, planting a pollinator hedgerow along your farm road, including bee-flowers in your vegetable garden, or just planting a pot with a sunflower on your porch, any effort to increase the number of flowers available for bees can help pollinators and beautify your home or farm. Plus, it is a great joy to watch the bees visit the flowers you plant and to share this wildlife with your friends and neighbors.

Here are some places you can go to find information about which plants are best for your area.

  • Xerces Society fact sheets: Plant lists for all regions of the U.S., including the first of a new series of regional lists. (We’ll be rolling out more new regional plant lists for bees over the coming months.)
  • Pollinator Conservation Resource Center: You’ll find links to additional plant lists we like from other organizations.
  • Attracting Native Pollinators: Our best-selling book includes page after page of illustrated plant lists, as well as a host of other information about pollinators.
  • If you’re outside of the U.S.: Plant resources for some other countries.

Don’t forget to sign the Pollinator Protection Pledgeand join the ever-expanding community of pollinator enthusiasts — and enjoy yourself as we celebrate pollinators!

Find Out More:

To discover more ways to support pollinators, including ideas for creating a bee garden in your own community, visit our Bring Back the Pollinators webpage.

Thank you for doing your part!

 

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