Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Landscape Design: Pollinators

Vanishing Threshold increases pollinator habitat. 1 in 3 mouthfuls of food are the result of insect pollination.
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Circa 1996, the USDA wrote, "...impending pollination crisis."
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Ha, not in my garden!! Why? Mix of plants, mix of heights, mix of density, ponds, composting, no chemicals, no fertilizer, . Everything pollinators need.
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Major cause of pollinator decline? Loss of habitat. Subdivisions across USA with traditional lawn/foundation plantings & their maintenance. Not opinion, scientific fact.
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Testosterone On Wheels Landscaping vs. Matriarchal Landscaping.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Huge topic, more info at POLLINATOR.org

6 comments:

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

We used to be beekeepers, so I thank you for today's blog. FYI - Vitex helps increase honey flow. You can grow Vitex as a tree or just let it grow nice and shrubby! Either way, it will promote lots of bee activity.

BrandonMoeller said...

What's so wrong with a little testosterone? "My strophes are as individual as his automobiles more so they're all different sexes" - Allen Ginsberg. Regardless, I love your blog so keep it up. XO Brandon

La Petite Gallery said...

Well I have lots of bee's.
I want to Thank you. I did not fertlize the wisteria and after 10 years I have a few flowers,,,

Thank you Dear Tara. You are a wizard,, Big hug yvonne I sent a photo on Gmail..

Tara Dillard said...

Brandon, Testosterone On Wheels is a great visual, & cliche, for the past 25 years in Atlanta for paid landscape maintenance.

Reality is deeper & better. Testosterone installs my landscape plans !!


Yvonne, so glad the little tweek with your Wisteria worked, yipppeee. Thanks for the pic.
XO T

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

It feels so good to garden naturally, knowing that each element is helping support one another....I just wish the birds would stop eating the ladybugs- I need them to help with my tomato's aphids:)

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Well there's timing.

I've a swarm of honeybees making home in the chimney at the moment and have spent this morning talking to the Perigord apian society to get somebody to 'move' them.

There are all sorts of theory as to why the bees are in decline. The Greeks are convinced that mobile phone masts interfere with their homing ability. Of course bee friendly gardens also attract so many other insects that control of insect pests is naturally sorted as is the order of these things.