22 Jun '11, 6pm

I like this: 10 edible plants that attract #pollinators #bees #insects #gardening #food

The Pollinator Partnership has declared June 20-26, 2011, as National Pollinator Week . Pollinators are bugs that carry pollen from one plant to another, helping them to make fruit or seeds. Pollinators are essential for natural pollination, and adding plants to your backyard garden that attract pollinators can help your plants flourish without using fertilizers and other undesirable chemicals. Bright flowers, of course, attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, but there are edible plants that attract them, too. By planting these edibles, they’ll be doing double duty. They’ll attract the pollinators and provide you nutritious food for your family. Squash – Pollinators love the blossoms. Basil – Once it’s gone to flower, the pollinators will come. Plant an extra one that you allow just to go to flower. Green beans – They like the flowers that appear before they turn t...

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