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Free Pollinator Plant Guide

July 30th, 2009

While reading through my current Organic Gardening magazine I came across a small article about pollinators. The Pollinator Partnership is offering a free guide: Selecting Plants for Pollinators.
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If you’re interesting in downloading this free guide, just type in your zip code when you follow this link and they’ll give you the guide that’s specific for your region. I happen to be in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Oceanic Province and NAPPC Including the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and parts of: Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee.
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Pollinators also include butterflies and hummingbirds, along with beetles, flies and bats. Who wouldn’t want to attract more of these to their gardens?
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I downloaded the guide yesterday and have been looking through it. I’m always looking for new plants to introduce to my gardens that will be beneficial for pollinators and other insects.
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I love that this buide includes a chart of flowers and their bloom time so you can stagger the blooms so that somethings always providing pollen and nectar for the beneficial birds and insects in your gardens.

Have you incorporated any new plants this year specifically for pollinators?

7 Comments to “Free Pollinator Plant Guide”
  1. Mangochild on July 30, 2009 at 5:40 am

    No, but after this year I will. I have recently had a direct learning experience with how important pollinators are, after all the rain in June and the drastic improvement in my garden when the pollinators finally made their way over in July. I am still learning about how to attract which pollinators while making sure not to attract the pests by accident. I’ll certainly check out the guide….
    And yet again (I feel like I say it all the time, but its true!) I wish I could capture the world around me through a photo lens as well as you do. How did you learn to do that?
    .-= Mangochild´s last blog ..Local Zone Field Trips – Recap of Fruit Pickings =-.

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    • Susy on July 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

      You know I don’t know how I learned. I’ve always been an artistic person, dabbling in painting, sewing and other things. I’ve always enjoyed looking at good photos and trying to figure out what I like about them. Mr Chiots and I are also in an artistic profession, which probably helps.

      I think it’s all about finding things that you find beautiful and trying to capture that through your lens (and sometimes trying to make mundane things look beautiful). I started taking picture of everything with my little $150 Sony Cybershot last year for my blog (I didn’t take a ton of photos before that). I delete a lot that aren’t quite what I was looking for, with digital, it’s free to practice!

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  2. Dave on July 30, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I haven’t tried to attract pollinators necessarily but nearly every plant I put in seems to bring them! The bees love my Russian sage.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Worst Weed Wednesday or Who Has the Worst Weeds? =-.

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  3. inadvertent farmer on July 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    What a great resource..thanks! I plant Borage (and it plants itself) throughout the garden to attract pollinators, it is wonderful for that, hubby’s bees just LOVE it! Kim
    .-= inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Outdoor Shower??? =-.

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    • Susy on July 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm

      I keep thinking about getting some borage. I’d also like to get some tansy. I’ve noticed the native bees love my comfrey.

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  4. Andres Stell on July 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    A great resource. Thanks.
    .-= Andres Stell´s last blog ..Butter Making =-.

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  5. Maureen on July 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Excellent! Thanks for posting this info and the link.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Just Beans to Me =-.

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