Pollinators are vital to a thriving garden. Without pollination, your plants will never produce quality fruits and vegetables or more flowers you can enjoy for years to come. Attracting pollinators to your garden can be easier than you think. From bees to butterflies and hummingbirds you want a pollinator-friendly garden.
What colors are pollinators attracted to?
That answer really depends on what kind of pollinator you want to attract to your garden. Bright blue and violet are colors that attract bees, while red, pink, fuchsia and or purple flowers are popular among hummingbirds. Bright colors like yellow, orange, pink and red are favored among butterflies.
How do I attract bees to my vegetable garden?
If you want to attract bees to your veggie garden, consider planting bright blue and violet flowers, as these are favored by bees. Giving them a form of shade cover is helpful too, since they need to escape the sun from time to time. Just like us, bees require hydration too. Set out a small lid with water for them.
How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden
Plant plenty of flowers to attract pollinators to your garden. While it can be tempting to plant only "useful" plants. Flowers have their uses and attracting much-needed pollinators is one of those uses. Add a garden bed with flowers near your garden or mix in flowers like marigolds to help protect your garden from pests while attracting your favorite pollinators.
Add a bug house to your garden. This can be a great way to attract garden-friendly bugs like bees and ladybugs. Often we think of bees solely as honey bees but most species do not live in hives and need a place to live. If you provide them with a bug house they are likely to stay around longer.
Avoid buying toxic plants. To attract pollinators to your garden you need to ensure that your garden will not kill pollinators that stop by. Avoid buying plants treated with pesticides from big box stores. These sprays are needed to prevent the spread of pests across state lines and from region to region. For the best results, start seeds yourself or visit a local nursery for live plants.
Avoid using chemical pest control in your garden. While dealing with pests is difficult, you do not want to risk killing off the pollinators you want to come to your garden. Stick with natural pet control from handpicking hornworms to using neem oil or insecticidal soap on plants that have been infected with pests like aphids.
Make your garden bright and inviting. The brighter your garden the better when it comes to attracting pollinators that often look for favorite colors like hummingbirds and adding the color red to your garden.