Are you up for a fun gardening challenge that will motivate you not only to have a beautiful garden – but also to improve the ecosystem and help the pollinators that make it possible for you to enjoy most of the delicious food you eat? Well, we found the perfect challenge for you!
The Cincinnati Zoo has organized a Plant for Pollinators Challenge for 2020 with a goal of registering a total of 1600 gardens that are committed to including pollinator-loving plants as a part of their landscape! They reached their goal of 1100 gardens in 2019 and they still need 500 more to reach their 2020 goal!
You can check out all the details about the Plant for Pollinators Challenge here: http://cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/plant-for-pollinators/
The challenge is easy! You just need to decide which colorful flowers you want to grace your garden, head over to Stockslagers and pick up your plants, register your garden, and then nurture your garden. You can even choose to get a cute yard sign to inspire your friends and neighbors to join in the fun.
In addition to the Plant for Pollinators challenge, you or your kiddos can become Citizen Scientists by collecting data on which plants the pollinators in your area are feeding on. Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic and educational outdoor summer project?!
Check out all the details for the Citizen Scientist project here: http://cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/plant-for-pollinators/#citizenscience
Just how much do we need pollinators?
Pollinators unknowingly have a big responsibility. Most all flowering plants need to be pollinated to reproduce and pollinators do this by default while they are simply trying to find dinner for themselves. The plants that count on these pollinators are not only important in putting food on our tables – fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries – but just think of how many other animals feed on these plants to survive.
Food is not the only benefit that pollinators bring to the table (<– see what I did there). By allowing the reproduction of flowering plants, they aid in oxygen production for clean air and prevent soil erosion.
You’ve probably heard that the number of pollinators have been declining over the years. Planting even a few blooming flowers that attract our pollinator friends will help the cause and will give you a lovely garden that you can feel good about.
What are common pollinators in Ohio?
Honey bees and monarchs get a lot of press, but there are other pollinators that need love too. According to the Cincinnati Zoo, the pollinators that you can thank next time you see them include:
- Native bees
- Honey Bees
What pollinator-friendly plants can I find at Stockslagers Greenhouse?
We have all the plants you need to provide a nurturing habitat for little pollinator friends:
We’d love to help you choose some vibrant plants for your Plant for Pollinators Challenge! Send us pictures of all your new pollinator friends enjoying the pollen food you provide to them in your garden! It’s a great way to say thanks for all the inconspicuous work they do everyday to provide the world with a continuous supply of scrumptious foods and delightful flowers.