Planting for pollinators
Every garden should contain some plants that provide food and shelter for pollinating insects. Planting for wildlife can be incorporated into every design style. We can all play a role in protecting and providing for pollinating insects regardless of whether we have a small window box or a large estate. If you would like help designing a wildlife garden for your own garden school or workplace, please get in touch.
Top 3 ways we can all help:
1/ Go organic
Try to garden without the use of pesticides. Pesticides are harmful to a wide variety of wildlife and they can be avoided altogether if pests are managed before they get out of control. Simply picking pests off plants or using organic methods such as diluted washing up liquid can be very effective. Try biological controls in controlled conditions or plant more susceptible species near your most prized plants to attract pests way from the plants that most matter to you.
2/ Plants flowering plants native to your area.
Nepeta spp. Eryngium spp. Echinacea spp. Alliums spp. Grow well for us in South Dublin and are all bee magnets. The best way to what plants to choose, notice plants alive with bees in other people’s gardens and take a photo. Most good nurseries will be able to identify a plant from a photo.
3/ Grow your own fruit and veg.
When we grow our own we take the pressure off commercial growers to produce more and more food.